Commonwealth Games: Norfolk's Michael Gault secures 18th shooting medal
Last Updated: 26/07/14 4:20pm
Michael Gault of England celebrates his bronze medal in the Men's 10m Air Pistol Shooting competition at Carnoustie in Scotland on Saturday
Veteran shooter Michael Gault has made history by claiming the 18th medal of his Commonwealth Games career.
By taking bronze in the men’s 10m air pistol event on Saturday, the 60-year-old grandfather from Norfolk equalled the 18 won by Australian Phillip Adams – a Games record.
And Gault could set a new record on Monday by securing a podium finish in the 50m event at Carnoustie, on Scotland’s east coast.
Gault made his Games debut in Canada 20 years ago and came out of retirement in a bid to beat Adams’s total.
Adams, himself, is long retired from shooting having competed in six Games between 1982 and 2002.
Gault admitted: "It's what I wanted, I've made history. I think it's job done now and I can put my feet up.
"It didn't matter what colour it was, I've got the 18 medals now. I've got a chance of one more medal but let's just see what happens there.
"I've got free pistol to do but that's a bonus. I can do some chillaxing in that match. I'm an all-time record holder at the Commonwealth Games or at least level with some old Australian chap!
"Inside this body is a coiled spring. That was everything. Now it's family time.”
Result of 10m Air Pistol finals:
1 Daniel Repacholi (Aus) 199.5 pts
2 Prakash Nanjappa (Ind) 198.2
3 Michael Gault (Eng) 176.5