London Paralympic bronze medallist Natalie Smith (Meadowbrook, QLD) has broken the Australian record and achieved a personal best on her way to collecting the Gold medal, at the International Paralympic Committee World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.

ipc_world_cup_poland_natalie_smith_with_son_danielSmith set a new Australian record in the R8 SH1 3 Position rifle event, with a qualifying score of 576, a mere point behind Slovakian star, Veronkia Vadovicova.

In the nail-biting final, Smith went head-to-head with the Slovakian, battling fiercely to take the Gold from Vadovicova.

After the final, an excited Smith said she was very happy with her result.

“It was a very tough final. I’m very happy with the new PB and new AUS record, and winning the Gold is great! Now I’m back on the track where I would like to be.”

National Para-Shooting coach Miro Sipek praised Smith’s performance.

“This is a great result, and I’m very happy with Natalie’s performance. She has proved once again that she belongs amidst the very best in the world.”

Australia is one of the few countries with already enough quotas for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with seven berths secured so far.

Next up are Smith and Anton Zappelli (Willagee, WA), who will compete in the Air rifle prone event.

By Shooting Australia

Posted: 5/11/2015