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Sharp shooter triumphs

22 Mar 06 05:27

Sheena Sharp of Scotland proudly shows her gold medal. 

Sheena Sharp of Scotland proudly shows her gold medal.

The Women’s 50m Rifle Prone Individual has been won by Scotland’s Sheena Sharp, with a total of 586 points.

Silver went to New Zealand’s Juliet Etherington and bronze to Johanne Brekke from Wales. 

Sharp, with team mate Sharon Lee, also won the corresponding Pairs event on Day 3 of the Games making it a welcome double for the Scot.

After five of the six series had been completed, only three shooters remained in contention. Juliet Etherington of New Zealand was one shot behind Sharp, with Johanne Brekke of Wales a further shot adrift.

As a hush fell over the crowd, all three competitors shot scores of 98 out of 100, giving Sharp the gold, Etherington the silver and Brekke the bronze. Sharp carried ominous form into this event, shooting a competition-high 588 in the Pairs.

Following the event, Sharp said "I'm extremely happy with my performance today. It was a little windy, but I factored that in and kept my cool. I'm thrilled."

Etherington improved upon her Manchester 2002 bronze medal in this event.

"I'm happy with the silver. Obviously I would've preferred gold, but silver is still fine," she said.

Australia's Kim Frazer was unsuccessful in her quest to win a gold medal in four consecutive Commonwealth Games. She finished 12th after a disappointing score of 93 in the fifth series.

For more results, visit the Shooting Schedule and Results section of this Website.

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