Five top 10 finishes were Australia’s best results at the ISSF World Shotgun Championships in Peru last week, but there were some good signs for the team ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.
Queenslander Paul Adams made his debut in Lima, Peru, and shot his way to eighth in the men’s skeet, finishing with 122 targets out of a possible 125.
The 21-year-old’s effort was excellent against a world-class field with 55 countries supplying 400 athletes over the week-long championship event.
“At his first World Championship, Paul has only just missed making the final six after a shoot off. In what has been a great effort, he has finished eighth at the pinnacle event this year,” Australian International Shooting Limited CEO Damien Marangon said.
Adams’ 122 is also an Oceanic record, with Laura Coles (WA), shooting in women’s skeet, also became the Oceanic record holder with 69 from a possible 75.
“Coles has also risen in her international performance, with this result being her best so far at a World Championship,” Marangon said.
Other strong performances included Suzy Balogh’s 9th in women’s trap, Penny Smith shooting to 7th in junior women’s trap, and Russell Mark scoring 7th in men’s double trap.
Balogh also helped the Australian women’s trap team to a bronze with a combined score of 202.
However, our top ranked shooters struggled in the tricky conditions at the Captain FAP Josè Quinones Shooting Range where visibility was poor.
Catherine Skinner, who is ranked third in world women’s trap, managed 10th in her event, while Laetisha Scanlan (ranked 6th) and Michael Diamond (3rd in men’s trap) finished outside the top 10 in their events.