Australia’s Natalie Smith (Meadowbrook, QLD) secured a sensational victory over Slovakian Paralympic and World Championships medallist Veronika Vadovicova in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions, at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup, in Al Ain, UAE.
Vadovicova had taken the lead in the early stages of the match, easing into first place during the kneeling round and maintaining it during the prone.
However Smith had other ideas, out-shooting the Slovakian with the first shots of the standing portion. Smith retained her position throughout, finishing with a perfect 10.9 to seal the win and a new Oceania record of 450.0.
Vadovicova (448.5) took second ahead of Great Britain’s Lorraine Lambert (434.8) in third.
Head Coach Miro Sipek commended the hard work Smith and her husband Stuart have been putting into her Shooting career.
“Natalie deserved the result, she did not give up and fought back right until the final shot. It is great to see the work she and Stuart have been doing is starting to pay off”.
Vadivicova (silver medallist) is a multiple medallist and was the danger when she placed 1st in the qualification with a score of 581.
The Australian team (Anton Zappelli, Natalie Smith and Libby Kosmala) has also won a bronze medal earlier on Day One of competition in the R3 10m Air RIfle Mixed team event.
It was a solid and consistent effort by the Aussies with Zappelli leading the charge scoring a 631.2 from Smith (627.0) and Kosmala (623.3) in the qualification round.
The UAE and France won gold and silver team medals respectively.
By Shooting Australia