Gold Medal At World Shooting Champs

Saturday 24 July 2010, 10:55AM
By Dave Worsley

Paralympics New Zealand shooter, Michael Johnson from Auckland has won gold to become world champion in the 50m rifle prone event at the IPC Shooting World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Johnson finished on a world record score of 593 points and was ecstatic with the gold medal.

“The wind was really strong today, but I managed to overcome it. I shot straight through to take the win, making all of my personal targets – gold medal, world record and personal best. I know I can keep going and do better too,” said Johnston.

Early in the championship Johnson had won the bronze medal in the R4 10m air rifle standing event
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 2010 IPC Shooting World Championships continues until Sunday (New Zealand time).