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Day eight's fire power action

22 Mar 06 22:47

England's Charlotte Kerwood is favourite for gold in Women's Double Trap.

England's Charlotte Kerwood is favourite for gold in Women's Double Trap.

Shooting events will be happening across the State today as six gold medals are decided in a day that’s set to be a blast.

Individual Full Bore Rifle Shooting event will be contested at the Rifle Range in the Victorian regional centre of Bendigo.

On the outskirts of Melbourne, Lilydale residents are set for trigger action as the Clay Target Shooting Competition fires up with the Men's and Women's Double Trap Finals at the Melbourne Gun Club.

The Melbourne International Shooting Club in Port Melbourne will be host to three action-packed events:  the Women’s 10m Air Pistol Singles, the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol and the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 positions.

In the Men's Double Trap Qualification Rounds Indian Rajyavardhan Rathore, Manchester 2002 gold medallist and Commonwealth Games Record holder, is favourite to retain his title.

Australia's Russell Mark, who won silver in Manchester, will be one of Rathore’s main dangers as will fellow Australian and Commonwealth Games debutant, Craig Trembath, who is also shooting well.

South Africa's Byron Swanton and Nicolaas Swart, Canada's Tye Bietz and England's Richard Faulds can all proceed past the Qualification Rounds, in one of the most highly anticipated events in the Shooting competition.

From midday, the Women's Double Trap Final features a small but classy field.

With a field of eight competitors, each shooter has a realistic medal chance, although England's Charlotte Kerwood remains the one to beat.

Kerwood, the Manchester 2002 gold medallist and Commonwealth Games Record holder, will be confident of winning after taking gold in the Women's Double Trap Pairs Final on Day 4.

Her partner in that event, Rachel Parish from England, will also be tough to beat, along with Women's Trap Final bronze medallist Susan Nattrass of Canada.

Australia's Suzanne Balogh and Susan Trindall will have to shoot well to match the English girls, while Canada's Cynthia Meyer and New Zealand's Teresa Borrell will also have to perform well if they are to be in contention for the medals.

In the Individual Full Bore Rifle Shooting event, Australia's Bruce Scott is in a great position to take out the gold medal. Stage 3 on Day 8 will consist of two matches with each competitor having 15 scoring shots with which to amass a winning total.

The distances will be 900 yards (823m) and 1,000 yards (914.4m). Parag Patel of England will be hoping to add to his Pairs' Gold medal. Peter Jory of Guernsey is within two points of the leader as is Robert Hayter of South Africa.

Also contested on Day 8 are the Women’s 10m Air Pistol Singles, the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol and the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 positions.

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

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