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Published on 21-Sep-2015

Another Rio 2016 slot confirmed for Kiwi Para-Shooters at IPC Shooting World Cup

The IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney wrapped up today for the New Zealand Para-Shooting team with two gold, two bronze medals and significantly one slot for the nation at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Malcolm Humm (High Performance Director, Paralympics New Zealand) said, “The IPC Shooting World Cup has been a great event for New Zealand. We set ourselves some ambitious goals for this event and having won two gold and two bronze medals and securing an additional Para-Shooting slot for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games we have more than achieved what we set out to do. Obviously the highlight has been Michael Johnson winning gold in the R4 event however with Jason Eales winning bronze in the R5 event and winning gold and bronze in the teams events this demonstrates Paralympics New Zealand has high quality and depth within its ranks. This bodes well not only for Rio 2016 also onwards to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.”

Today’s competition saw Greg Reid competing in the R6 (50m air rifle prone mixed SH1) placing 12th with a score of 609.4.

This followed an intense day of competition yesterday were the team won two medals.

First up was the R5 (10m air rifle prone mixed SH2) team of Michael Johnson, Jason Eales and Philip Skinner who won gold with a score of 1894.0, taking them clear of the very strong Slovenian (1891.7). The bronze medal was won by Australia with a score of 1882.5. This was a great result as it was the first time the team had competed together at an international level.

The competition continued with Kiwi’s Michael Johnson (634.5), Jason Eales (630.7), Phillip Skinner (628.8) and Grant Philip (626.1) competing in the R5 (10m air rifle prone mixed SH2) individual event with an extensive field of 36 Para-Athletes. Johnson and Eales qualified 1st and 8th in a round that saw less than three points between 1st and 8th qualifiers.

Both Johnson and Eales went into the final knowing they would have to pull something special out of the bag in the highly competitive R5 event. Both Johnson and Eales were among four shooters that shot a perfect score of 10.9 showing the skill and accuracy of these athletes. Eales lead for most the of final, with a shot off against the eventual silver medallist coming down to 0.1. This saw Eales win the bronze medal (190.6) with Johnson taking 4th place (168.8).

The gold and silver was won by British shooter Tim Jeffrey (211.8) and Australian Mark Bradley (211.7) respectively.

This was only Jason Eales second World Cup event and he was thrilled with the result. He said, “I have been putting in the hours training and I feel today’s result was a reflection of this. I had to call on all my skills to get that bronze medal today. My ultimate goal is selection for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and I believe this is a step in the right direction.”

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