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Australian shooters start their 2012 Paralympic campaign

Australian shooters start their 2012 Paralympic campaign

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2012 Summer Paralympics

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Natalie Smith at the range
Image: LauraHale.

London, England — This morning, Australian women Elizabeth Kosmala and Natalie Smith started their 2012 Paralympic campaign in the women’s R2-10m air rifle standing SH1 event in the qualification round.

According the Team Manager Nick Sullivan, Smith took a while to settle in before taking her first shot. Kosmala started shooting earlier than Smith, scoring a 99 out of 100 possible points. When Smith did get going, she scored 98 out of 100, having perfect for the first 8 shots.

Other shooters attempting to qualify for the finals this morning include Iraqi Farah Al-Waeli, South Koreans Yunri Lee and Yoojeong Lee, and Chinese competitors Shibei Dang and Cuiping Zhang.



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Australia wins its first medal of the Paralympics with shooting bronze

Australia wins its first medal of the Paralympics with shooting bronze

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2012 Summer Paralympics

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Newest 2012 Paralympic stories
  • 29 June 2014: Medal-seeking Spanish men arrive at 2014 Goalball World Championships
  • 26 June 2014: Belgian men’s goalball team departs for Finland for World Championships
  • 3 January 2014: Wikinews interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Tina McKenzie
  • 15 August 2013: Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font
  • 11 August 2013: Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Marta Gómez

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cuiping Zhang is awarded gold
Image: LauraHale.

Earlier today, Australia earned its first 2012 Summer Paralympics medal when Natalie Smith won a bronze medal with a score of 492.4 at the Royal Artillery Barracks in the women’s R2-10m air rifle standing SH1 event. The event was the first medal event awarded at the 2012 Games.

Cuiping Zhang of China won gold with a final score of 500.9 which set a new world record. Manuela Schmermund of Germany took home silver with a score of 493.6. Yunri Lee of South Korea finished fourth with a score of 492.3, beating fifth place finisher Thai Wasana Keatjaratkul who had the same score.

Australia’s Libby Kosmala, who at 70 years old was competing in her eleventh Paralympic Games, finished eighth with a score of 488.7, several points behind the leaders. Two scores in the 8 range kept her out of the top through all ten rounds.

The final for the men’s R2-10m air rifle standing SH1 event is scheduled for this afternoon.



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Kate Lundy watches Australian women qualify for the women\’s R2-10m air rifle final

Kate Lundy watches Australian women qualify for the women’s R2-10m air rifle final

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2012 Summer Paralympics

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Newest 2012 Paralympic stories
  • 29 June 2014: Medal-seeking Spanish men arrive at 2014 Goalball World Championships
  • 26 June 2014: Belgian men’s goalball team departs for Finland for World Championships
  • 3 January 2014: Wikinews interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Tina McKenzie
  • 15 August 2013: Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font
  • 11 August 2013: Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Marta Gómez

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Libby Kosmala at the range.
Image: LauraHale.

London, England — This morning Australia‘s Minister for Sport, Kate Lundy, watched Elizabeth Kosmala and Natalie Smith qualifying for the finals in the women’s R2-10m air pistol SH1 event.

Kosmala finished with a score of 391 out of a possible 400; scoring 99 in her first set of ten shots, and 96, 98 and 98 in the next three sets. A few places down, Smith finished just ahead of her teammate with a combined score of 393, scoring 98, 99, 97 and 98 in her four sets of ten shots.

Alongside the Australians, Lundy saw Cuiping Zhang of China set a Paralympic record of 396, and Thai Wasana Keatjaratkul tie the previous record of 393. Veronika Vadovicova of Slovakia, Yoojeong Lee of South Korea, Yunri Lee also of South Korea, and Manuela Schmermund of Germany qualify for the finals.

Lundy is expected to be in London for the entire Paralympics, and is scheduled to watch athletics, cycling, powerlifting, rowing, swimming, wheelchair rugby, basketball and tennis. Whilst here, she is to obtain feedback from the Australian Paralympic community regarding government support of sport for the disabled.



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June 8, 2012

Kosmala\’s 2012 Games inclusion highlights Australian Paralympians\’ longevity

Kosmala’s 2012 Games inclusion highlights Australian Paralympians’ longevity

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Libby Kosmala as flag bearer at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, her 7th Games.
Image: John Sherwell.

Libby Kosmala’s selection in the Australian shooting team for the 2012 London Paralympics highlights age is not a barrier in the Paralympics. Celebrating her seventieth birthday in early July, expected to set a record for most appearances at her eleventh Games, Kosmala is likely to be the oldest athlete in attendance.

Her first Games were the 1972 Heidelberg Games competing in swimming and athletics events and winning a bronze medal in the mixed medley relay. Kosmala then switched to shooting and between 1976–1988 won nine gold and three silver medals.

At the 2008 Beijing Games she narrowly missed a medal, coming fourth in the Women’s Air Rifle Standing SH1. In 2011 at the IPC Shooting World Cup, her level of competitiveness was highlighted by finishing fifth in the final of the Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1. Kosmala is looking forward to the London Games saying: “It’s very exciting. I’m looking forward to it. In over ten Paralympic Games, my greatest success was at Stoke Mandeville in 1984, so I’m looking forward to competing in London again for Australia”.

Russell Short receiving his gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics
Image: Norman Bailey, Australian Paralympic Committee.

Kosmala loves beating athletes half her age: “Competition brings out the best in you. I’m old enough to be their grandmother for a lot of the players, but they really are lovely”. Kosmala’s training involves physical training, three shooting sessions per week and mental relaxation training. The London Games will be her swansong but she will still keep shooting. She puts her longevity down to steadiness and a keen eye. Ashley Adams is to join her on the shooting team, attending his fourth Games, as will newcomers Luke Cain, Jason Maroney and Bradley Mark.

Russell Short, a vision-impaired thrower and the Australian Institute of Sport’s first athlete with a disability scholarship, in 1988, has been selected for his seventh Games. Another athlete likely to attend his seventh Games is Kieran Modra, a vision impaired cyclist. Selections for the cycling team are yet to be confirmed.

Two athletes who extended their Paralympic careers by changing sports have been selected; Greg Smith, who previously took part in track and field events, will be competing in wheelchair rugby. This is to be his fifth Games. Liesl Tesch, a former Australian wheelchair basketball player and captain, will be competing in sailing for her sixth Games.

Contrasting Australian Paralympians with their Olympian counterparts, the Australian Olympic Committee recently selected sporting shooters Russell Mark and Michael Diamond for the London Games; this to be their sixth Olympics and equalling the participation records of rower James Tomkins, sailor Colin Beashel, and equestrian Andrew Hoy.



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