Aussies set sights on Munich


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The ISSF Munich World Cup for pistol and rifle will commence this evening and serves as the final opportunity for Australian athletes to push for selection for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Australia will field a strong quartet of shooters in the women’s 25m sport pistol this evening with Lalita Yauhleuskaya, Dina Aspandiyarova, Hayley Chapman and Emily Esposito all looking to build on their performances from the World Cup in Italy last week.

Yauhleuskaya finished 22nd last week with a score of 577 from 600, while 20-year-old Chapman was only two points further back on 575 as she strives to qualify for her first Olympic Games later this year.

Dual Olympian Robyn Van Nus will continue her push towards London as she lines up in the women’s 10m air rifle this evening.

The current Australian record holder will be joined in the field by Alethea Sedgman, the 18-year-old who claimed gold at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in the women’s 3 position rifle.

John Coombes, William Godward, Singapore-based Edwin Gouw and Chris Gulvin will all contest the men’s 10m air rifle in what shapes as a busy night for the Australian team.

Following the conclusion of the event Australian selectors will meet before deciding which athletes have met selection criteria in order to be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee.


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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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