Shooting: Australia Wins Big At Oceania Championship

Australia continues to be the dominant nation at the 2015 Oceania Shooting Championships. In total 18 quotas were up for grabs across the 15 events, one to the highest ranked eligible athlete for each event while a second was made available for the men’s 50m rifle prone, men’s trap and men’s skeet. The Oceania Shooting Championship was held in Sydney, Australia from November 27th to December 2nd 2015.

Australia was the top nation as they won 13 out of the 15 Olympic events. This in turn gave them 14 out of the 18 available quotas. New Zealand was able to avoid getting swept as Natalie Rooney and Chloe Tipple were able to win gold and an Olympic quota at the women’s trap and women’s skeet respectively. Ryan Tyalor’s silver medal in the men’s 50m rifle prone gave New Zealand its third Olympic quota. The final Olympic quota went to Fiji’s Glenn Kable whose silver medal was enough to qualify his nation and potentially himself to his fourth Olympics.

As a reminder the Olympic quota can only be won by an athlete whom reached the MQS during the qualification round. This made the men’s 10m air pistol’s qualification a bit more interesting as both the gold and silver medalists did not reach the MQS, instead the quota was won by bronze medalist Chris Summerell of Australia.

With the big gain of quotas Australia now has a total of 18 and is now fourth highest among all nations. They will also participate in 14/15 events as they failed to qualify in the women’s skeet. This was the final opportunity for Oceania nations to qualify in this spot.

 

Quotas by Nation

  • Australia – 14
  • New Zealand – 3
  • Fiji – 1

 

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