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New Zealand takes final shooting honours

21 January 2007

Kiwi shooting sensation Myles Browne-Cole blew away the competition in the men’s trap today, securing the gold and his second medal of the Festival. Great Britain’s Lee Campion and New Zealander Richard Tennant took silver and bronze after surviving a tense race for the minor medals.

Browne-Cole, who won silver in the men’s double trap on Friday, was a picture of concentration this morning as he extended on his six shot overnight lead. He continued to pull away from the field in the final and won by an incredible 14 shots.

“It’s not over until it’s over because anything can happen in the final. But it’s true that with a few shots left, I started thinking about winning and getting the gold medal. It was a good feeling,” he said.

Browne-Cole, who admitted that he found the morning light and the intense heat of the day difficult to shoot in, explained why he was able to win in such convincing fashion.

“I think I have better concentration than most of the other shooters. I find it easy to stay focused and see the targets. And I haven’t had any nerves since the first day.”

Trailing Browne-Cole by 12 shots going into the final, Campion gave chase but was ultimately unable to match the New Zealander’s deadly accuracy.

“I knew Myles (Browne-Cole) would need a lot of catching in that final, but I was prepared to give it a go. Realistically I knew I would have to shoot a perfect 25 or near enough, just to come close.”

Campion was more than happy with his final round score of 16 which secured the silver medal.

“This result is absolutely fantastic for me. I came to Australia just for the experience at an international event. Of course I was hoping for success, but to win the silver medal – that is above and beyond all expectations,” he said.

Australian Brendan Burgess, after struggling through the early rounds, shot a valiant 24 in the final qualifying round to draw level with Brit James Mansfield and ensure a shoot off would be required to decide the last competitor in the final.

Despite winning the shoot off, Burgess continued to be plagued by uncharacteristic errors in the final and failed to challenge for the medals.

“I shot terribly and I can’t explain why. I came in with expectations of winning a medal, and hopefully getting the chance to defend my title, but it just didn’t happen for me,” he said.

Burgess was already putting the result behind him and thinking about his future in trap shooting.

“When I go back to training I have a lot of things to work on. But there is heaps to look forward to. I have the Australian Cup in Melbourne next month, and then hopefully I’ll make the World Championships team after that.”

As the shooting competition at the 2007 AYOF came to an end, silver medallist Campion was eager to express his gratitude for the opportunity to compete.

 “It has been so great being here. Now I know what the Olympics feels like. Now I know what it’s like to be on a world-class shooting range and take on some of the best shooters in the world. Experience like that, it’s invaluable.”

Evan Sieff

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