Laura Coles took pride of place for Australia on day one of the shooting program in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Coles shot 14 out of 16 targets in the Skeet final, which was enough to see off Wales’ Elena Allen. The 27-year-old from Western Australia had shot 70 in qualification to be at the head of the pack. Cypriot representative Andri Eleftheriou took the bronze medal. The other Australian in the event at the Carnoustie Barry Buddon Shooting Range, Lauryn Mark, made her exit after finishing sixth at the semi-final stage.
In the men’s Skeet, Australia’s Paul Adams finished sixth at the semi-final stage. Countryman Keith Ferguson departed in the qualifiers with an 11th-placed finish. The gold medal went to Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus, with Scotland’s Drew Christie collecting silver. Bronze medallist was England’s Rory Warlow.
Also on day one, Australia’s Dane Sampson reached the finals of the men’s 10m Air Rifle before finishing in eighth position. Fellow Aussie Jack Rossiter departed with a 10th spot in the qualifiers. The gold medal was claimed by India’s Abhinav Bindra, whose 205.3 points took him clear of Bangladesh’s Abdullah Baki on 202.1 points. England’s Daniel Rivers tallied 182. 4 points to earn his bronze medal.
In the women’s 10m Air Rifle, Australian pair Jennifer Hens and and Emma Adams finished 12th and 14th respectively in the qualifiers. The gold medal for the event went to India’s Apurvi Chandela, ahead of fellow Indian Ayonika Paul. The bronze medal was claimed by Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi of Malaysia.