Australia’s Natalie Smith won gold by the closest possible margin at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Chateauroux in France today as the R2 10m air rifle standing women SH1 event went to a shoot-off.
Natascha Hiltrop of Germany took over the lead from Smith after three of the elimination rounds, 163.9 points to 163.5, and had slightly increased her margin to 0.7 as the two women prepared to take their last two shots of the main competition.
Smith scored 10.1 and 10.5, but Hiltrop could only manage 9.4 - her worst shot of the entire event - and 10.5, which meant both finished on 246.5 points.
In the shoot-off, Hiltrop scored 10.00 but the Australian won it with 10.1.
Bronze went to Taylor Farmer of the United States.
Elsewhere on the first full day of competition in an event offering quota places for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Barbara Moskal of Poland won the VI 10m air rifle prone mixed with a total of 240.7 points.
Silver went to Norway’s Daniel Waloe, who scored 234.5, while the podium was completed by Moskal’s compatriot Krzysztof Ruszkiewicz, with a total of 214.8.
South Korea’s Lee Seungchul took gold in the R1 10m air rifle standing men SH1 with 248.2 points, closely followed by Abdulla Sultan Alaryani of the United Arab Emirates, who scored 247.4.
Ukraine’s Andrii Doroshenko took bronze with a score of 224.8.