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Lucky number eight for China, silver for Grice

19 January 2013

SHOOTING: Australia’s James Grice won silver in the men’s trap on the final day of the AYOF shooting competition.

Grice qualified for the final in second position however going in he didn’t know where he was placed.

“I didn’t know where I was sitting going into the final. My coach had told me not to worry about scores or anyone else. He said to just focus on what you know you have to do,” Grice said.

“All I knew was that after yesterday I was sitting in fourth, so I just kept shooting the same as usual.”

Great Britain’s Daniel Tarrant won gold with 132 points. Grice picked up silver with an overall score of 127 and Mason Reed from New Zealand secured the bronze with 124.

Grice was delighted with his silver medal performance.

“I am stoked with my medal win. I came off the range so happy. It’s the biggest placing I have ever had, so I am cheering.

“It has been a really good competition. The way that it is designed to recreate the Olympics setting is really great. You meet a lot of new people but also get to experience the serious side of international competition.”

The 18 year-old, from Cobbity NSW, is aiming for a big future in men’s trap.

“I am going to keep shooting and see how I go with it. I am confident that I can reach my goals that I’m aiming for,” Grice said.

“The Olympics, whether it is 2016 or 2022, is where I want to get to with my shooting.”

In other results on the final afternoon of shooting, China won their seventh gold medal of the competition in the women’s 25m sport pistol, with Lijia Cao scoring 773.1. Malaysia claimed both silver and bronze with Nur Zunaira Zakaria finishing on 746.1 and Mohamad Tahir on 722.7. Australian Emily Esposito finished fourth with a total of 717.7.

Fifteen-year-old Malaysian Joseph Joon Kit Lee claimed gold in the men’s skeet with a total of 138 points.  Jiang Hao Low of Singapore finished second with 131 and China’s Liwen Lou secured bronze with an overall score of 125.

The last shooting event of the AYOF competition, the men’s 50m pistol final, gave China its eighth and final gold medal. Jiayu Wu scored a total of 606 points to secure the win. Silver went to Malaysia’s Wen Yan Choo with 599.6 and bronze to Great Britain’s Kristian Callaghan with 596.2 after a shoot-out decider with Abdul Hadi Abd Malek of Malaysia.

Australians Lachlan Tremble and Nathan Blackburn finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Sophie Morrison

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