Michael Diamond

When Michael Diamond won the Olympic men’s trap gold medal in Atlanta in 1996, he became the first Australian to win a shooting event at the Games since Donald Mackintosh potted more live pigeons than any rival at the 1900 Paris Games. Diamond, a third-generation Greek-Australian from Goulburn, hit 149 clay targets out of a possible 150 to win the trap shoot. With nerveless poise he broke 25 targets out of 25 in the final, unaffected by the encouragement of a patriotic crowd for his American opponents.

By the time the Sydney Olympics arrived in 2000, Diamond had won the world trap and double trap championships. Again he made history, and consolidated his place within the pantheon of great marksmen, winning back-to-back gold. Only one trap shooter had ever done that before - Italy’s Luciano Giovenetti, who won the event in Moscow (1980) and Los Angeles (1984). In the final, over three rounds, he hit every one of the 75 targets - small orange discs, flying at speeds of around 100km an hour from unpredictable angles. Afterwards Diamond dedicated the gold medal to his father Con, who had died four months earlier. It was Con who had introduced him to shooting, and had been his coach ever since.

Diamond finished eighth in the trap event at the 2004 Athens Olympics. In 2007 he won the world trap shooting championship in Nicosia, Cyprus. At the 2008 Beijing Games, he just missed out on a medal - beaten in a shoot-off for bronze by Russia’s Alexey Alipov.

It was a similar fate at his sixth Olympic Games. Having shot a perfect 125/125 targets heading into the final round Diamond was left to fight it out for the bronze with Kuwait’s Fehaid Aldeehana after hitting 20/25 in the final. Diamond missed first in the shoot-off and finished in fourth place.

Harry Gordon, AOC historian

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Trap - Men
Qualification Day 1 25, 25, 25 75 1
Qualification Day 2 25, 25, 25, 25, 25 125 1
Finals 25, 25, 25; 25, 25, 20 +3 145 4
Final Placing 4 / 34

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Trap - Men
Qualification 25, 23, 24 72 6th
Qualification 25, 23, 24, 24, 23 119 5th
Final 25, 23, 24, 24, 23, 23 +3 142 4th
Final Placing 4 / 35

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Trap - Men
Qualification 25, 22, 25 72 9th
Qualification 25, 22, 25, 24, 23 119 8th
Final Placing 8 / 35

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Double Trap - Men
Qualifying 44, 46, 45 135 9th
Final Placing 9 / 25
Trap - Men
Final 23, 24, 25, 25, 25, 25 147 1st
Qualifying 23, 24, 25, 25, 25 122 1st  
Final Placing 1 / 41

Atlanta 1996 - Summer Olympic Games

Trap - Men
FinalĀ  25 149 1
Preliminaries 25, 24, 25, 25, 25 124 1  
Final Placing 1 / 57

Barcelona 1992 - Summer Olympic Games

Trap - Men
Preliminaries 24, 25, 25, 25, 25, 23 147 5
Semi Final 24, 25, 25, 22, 24, 25, 25, 23 193 11
Final Placing 11 / 54