Australians right on target

Australians have shone at the recent ISSF World Cup, by winning a total of five medals and rewriting the Australian record books in the process.

Staged in France, the event was the third World Cup in which the Australian team has competed this year, following on from successful campaigns in Turkey and Germany.

Paralympians Libby Kosmala and Jason Maroney both put on outstanding performances to lead the Australian charge, securing the three individual medals between them.

Maroney had a particularly strong campaign, winning silver in the SH2 Air Prone and bronze in the SH2 Air Standing. With the Australian record books shot to pieces, Maroney hit 600 +106.0 in the final of the Prone and 599 +103.0 in the final of the Standing, adding to his silver and bronze medals from Turkey and continuing a quality World Cup season.

Kosmala added a bronze to her Turkish gold medal, finishing third in the SH1 Air Prone and breaking another Australian record and PB of 600 +104.6.

Maroney, with newcomers Bradley Mark and Luke Cain combined to break a further two Australian records and win gold in the SH2 Air Prone team event with 1798 (1800) and silver in the team Air Standing event.

With over 450 entries from 32 countries, Australian Head Coach Miro Sipek said the sheer size and fierce competitiveness  of the competition, highlighted Australia’s outstanding performances.

“All the athletes’ performances are of the highest international standard and at the three World Cups we attended this year, we’ve achieved one gold and one silver in team competitions, one gold, three silver and three bronze medals in individual events, several Australian records and PBs,” said Sipek.

“Unfortunately silver medallist from the World Cup in Germany, Ashley Adams, was sick all week but he still insisted on competing.”

Showing true class and determination, Adams narrowly missed out on medalling in the SH1 Prone 22 and SH1 3-Positions, coming fourth with 585 +103.8 in the final and 1132 + 96.8 in final respectively.

Sipek was also impressed with the display of the team’s budding new talent - Mark and Cain.

Mark shot 600 in Germany and 599 in France in the SH2 Air Prone making his first two international finals, while Cain shot two PBs in both competitions. Both newcomers earned places on the upcoming World Championship Team.

The Team next competes at the World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia from 15-24 July.

By Rebekka Wake

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