Australia’s best shooting athletes have risen to the top at the Australia Cup 1 Event conducted at Sydney International Shooting Centre, Cecil Park Sydney over the weekend. The event was a Rio selection event for pistol and rifle athletes as they try to book their ticket to the Rio Olympics.
Significantly, Victorian Lalita Yauhleuskaya took one step on the plane to Rio with an outstanding display in the Women’s 25m Sport Pistol Event. Yauhleuskaya led qualification with a world class score of 585, before holding her nerve through a tense semi-final to qualify for the final. In the final she came up against young gun and Rio contender Elena Galiabovitch (Parkdale, VIC) but secured a resounding 8 to 0 head to head final win.
This result meets the standard for Yauhleuskaya to automatically qualify to be nominated for the Rio Olympics. Due to Australia only securing one quota in this event, Yauhleuskaya has a nervous wait to see if another athlete can replicate her performance at the last trial in a fortnights time, but if not, this performance automatically qualifies her for nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee.
National High Performance Pistol Coach Vladimir Galiabovitch said shortly after Yauhleuskaya’s win how he pleased he was with this level of performance.
“This score is a wonderful result and outcome for all of the hard work Lalita has been putting in. This score would get her into any Olympic or World Cup final which is exciting for us as we focus on her preparation for Rio”. If selected to the Rio Olympics it will be Yauhleuskaya’s sixth Olympic Games having competed twice for Belarus (1996 & 2000).
Other notable results at this selection event was the victory of Warren Potent (Currans Hill, NSW) in the Men’s 50m Prone Rifle, the current World Champion. Placing second to Potent in the Men’s Prone was Dane Sampson (Oakden, SA) who also went on to win the Men’s 3 Position Rifle Event. Rounding out the Rifle Events, but perhaps the most exciting performance was from young star on the rise Jack Rossiter (Onkaparinga Hills, SA). Having recently returned from an intensive month long competition phase in Europe, 18 year old Rossiter showed again why he has his sights set on the Rio Olympics as he won the 10m Air Rifle Event.
In the Men’s Pistol Events, the lovable Daniel Repacholi (Nulkaba, NSW) put his competition on notice taking out both the Men’s 10m Air Pistol and Men’s 50m Pistol events. Although missing an automatic Rio qualification score, Repacholi stamped his authority and is leading the charge to his fourth Olympic Games.
The next and final Rio Qualification Event is Australia Cup 2 from the 4th – 6th March in Sydney.
Media Contact: Damien Marangon, CEO Shooting Australia
Piscure, 25m Sport Pistol Women Medal Winners, Gold L Yauhleuskaya, SIlver E Galiabovitch and Bronze K Gillman