Three-time Paralympic medallist Michael Johnson has won a Gold medal this evening night in the R4 (10m air rifle standing mixed SH2) at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney.
Johnson nailed a perfect 10.9 on his final shot to win Gold in a total score of 211.7 taking him clear of Slovenia’s Gorazd Tirsek (210.4). The Bronze medal was won by Mark Bradley from Australia (187.6).
Michael Johnson said, “I found the qualification round a little tougher than I had expected and was really happy to make the final. Then to come away with the win was awesome. The competition was tough with some great shooters in the final including Slovenian Gorazd Tirsek who won Silver ahead of me at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and South Korean Lee Ji-Seok the Beijing 2008 double Gold medallist. It felt like the hard work that I have put in with Paralympics New Zealand and High Performance Sport NZ staff is paying off. This competition experience I am gaining here in Sydney is a great build up to Rio 2016.”
Fellow Kiwi’s Grant Sharman (625.3), Grant Philip (620.8) and Phillip Skinner (617.6) performed well placing 13th, 18th and 25th respectively in the same event.
Earlier in the day Michael Johnson also saw medal success winning bronze with team mates Grant Sharman and Grant Philip in the R4 10m Air Rifle Standing Mixed SH2 team event. The team were optimistic heading into the World Cup as they had been performing well all year. The team delivered a strong performance in a very competitive event.
Action continues at the IPC Shooting World Cup tomorrow with Ronan Murphy, Greg Reid, Lee Warn, Neelam O’Neill and Cameron Frew compete in the R3 (10m air rifle prone mixed SH1).