Paralympic bronze medallist Natalie Smith has broken an Australian record on her way to collecting gold at the International Paralympic Committee Shooting World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.

With her qualifying score of 576, a mere point behind Slovakian star Veronkia Vadovicova, Smith set a new Australian record in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions R8 SH1.

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 [personal best] and new Australian record, and winning the gold is great! Now I’m back on the track where I would like to be,” Smith said.

Head 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.”

By Shooting Australia
Posted: 05/11/2015