Bronze Medal At World Champs For Kiwi Paralympics New Zealand Shooter

Friday 23 July 2010, 11:01AM
By Dave Worsley

Paralympics New Zealand shooter, Michael Johnson has won a bronze medal in the R4 10m
air rifle standing event at the 2010 IPC Shooting World Championships, in Zagreb, Croatia.

Johnson excelled in the qualifying round, finishing with a perfect score of 600 to make the

In the final he managed a total of 704 with Raphel Voltz of France winning the world title on
704.8 points and Jiseok Lee of Korea, the silver medal with a score of 704.1.

There were 45 competitors in the event with fellow Kiwi Grant Phillip (Christchurch) finishing
in 37th place on a total of 585 points.

Johnson (Auckland) has a history of picking up medals in major events having won gold at
the 2004 Athens Paralympics and a bronze medal in Beijing four years later. He also gained
gold at the 2006 World Championships in Switzerland.

“The whole team was proud to witness the medal ceremony, to see Mike receive his bronze
medal and also to see the New Zealand flag being raised was a great day for PNZ and the
shooting team,” says team manager John Bowden. “Mike and his achievement and the
bronze medal have certainly inspired the team for the remainder of the event.”

The 2010 IPC Shooting World Championships continues until Sunday (New Zealand time).