Young gun Adams fourth in World Cup15 April 2014
SHOOTING: Skeet shooter Paul Adams has finished fourth in his first ever World Cup final aged just 21.
Competing in the first World Cup of the season in Tucson, USA the young star from Kippa Ring just north Brisbane went head to head with the world’s best.
The young nursing student from the Australian Catholic University has had an
excellent campaign at this event, displaying quality that can only be expected
from an experienced top class athlete.
In the qualification stage, Adams shot a combined score of 123 targets across the 125 qualifying shots to finish equal third going into the semi-finals.
At a gruelling semi-final stage, Adams shot 15 out of 16 targets to then go into a four-way shoot off for the medal matches.
In an epic display of composure, Adams duelled against Italy’s 2010 World Cup bronze medallist Luigi Lodde to hit another 13 targets before missing one, to qualify for the bronze medal match in the finals.
USA’s Perry David shot off for the second spot in the bronze medal match, where he overcame 2008 Olympic silver medallist and two-time World Cup Final winner Tore Brovold of Norway.
Adams went into the finals with confidence, however, missed two targets to finish fourth.
Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon was very impressed with Adams performance.
“Paul has shot
incredibly well here against world class shooters. It is exciting for Paul and
Shooting Australia to have made this World Cup final at such a young age.”
“This is a great start to the year for Paul as he looks towards selection for the Commonwealth Games and the Granada World Championships,” Marangon said.
Australian athletes have hauled three medals at this World Cup, with Trap Women Laetisha Scanlan (Berwick, VIC) and Catherine Skinner (Mansfield, VIC) winning gold and bronze respectively, and dual Olympic champion Michael Diamond (Salamander Bay, NSW) winning silver in the Men’s Trap.
With the Tucson World Cup serving as the final event in the 2014 Commonwealth Games selection period for shotgun, Shooting Australia is preparing to nominate its team to the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA). An official shooting team announcement is expected to be made by the ACGA on 1 May 2014.
A full list of results from the World Cup can be found here