Australian quartet at World Cup opener


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Australia’s pistol and rifle elite will face their first World Cup of the year in South Korea over the coming week, with competition beginning in Changwon today.

The event serves as the first step in Australia’s 2014 Commonwealth Games qualifying period, with results over the next 12 months to be used towards selection for Glasgow.

Five-time Olympian Lalita Yauhleuskaya will be Australia’s sole representative in pistol as she contests the women’s 10m air pistol and 25m sport pistol categories.

The Victorian, who has a world ranking of 16 (10m air) and 21 (25m sport) in the two events respectively, will be looking for a fresh start in 2013 after finishing 17th and 40th in her two events in the London Olympics last year.

The 49-year-old will still be confident of leading Australia’s pistol team in Glasgow 2014 and assuming she maintains her current form will be a strong chance of competing at her sixth Olympic Games in 2016.

Australia’s rifle team in Changwon will be headed by 2008 Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist and current world number 29 Warren Potent.

Potent, who remains as Australia’s number one ranked shooter in the men’s 50m prone, will contest the event alongside Queensland’s Dane Sampson.

Sampson will also compete in the men’s 10m air rifle with William Godward, with the pair commencing the World Cup at 9.30am local Korean time.

Yauhleuskaya was also in action on the first day of the World Cup as she lines up in the Precision stage of the women’s 25m sport pistol from 9am.


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