World record for South Korea at shooting World Cup

Australia also secure a quota place at the Rio 2016 qualifier in Sydney, Australia. 16 Sep 2015
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South Korea's Chul Park, Seakyun Park and Juhee Lee, smashed Russia's eight-year-old P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1) world record at the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

By Jake Smith | For the IPC

The South Korean team continued their great performance at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday (16 September), with a new team world record in P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1).

The three shooters, Chul Park, Seakyun Park and Juhee Lee, smashed Russia's eight-year-old record with a score of 1727-47x, to add to their four medals from Tuesday (15 September). China (1690-43x) picked up silver.

However it was the USA's Michael Tagliapietra who denied South Korea the individual gold.

Tagliapietra got off to a flying start scoring four out of five hits in both the first and second series. He continued to build momentum to secure a spot in the gold medal duel against China's Xing Huang.

Tagliapietra maintained his rhythm to outscore Huang and in doing so, claimed his first P3 World Cup gold medal.

"It's what we're all here for so it was good to get the job done," he said, going on to pay tribute to Australian shooter Ashley Adams who was killed in a quad bike accident in early 2015. "I want to dedicate this win to my good friend Ashley Adams."

South Korean Seakyun Park completed the podium.

Over on the rifle range, the field of shooters in the R4 (mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2) final were all fiercely resilient, but it was New Zealander Michael Johnson's accuracy that proved to be the difference.

Johnson shot an incredible 211.7, finishing the match with a perfect 10.9 to win gold.

"I saw the others slowly closing in on my lead, and you never know what can happen, so to score a 10.9 on the final shot was fantastic" said Johnson. "We travel all over the world to compete, but it was great to be able cross the `ditch' and get the win."

Hot on Johnson's tail was Slovenian Gorazd Tirsek (210.4) and Australian Bradley Mark who rounded out the podium with a score of 187.6. Mark also secured a quota place for his country at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with his performance.

In the team R4, Slovenia (1884.7) picked up gold followed by Australia (1880.9) and New Zealand (1875.8) with silver and bronze respectively.

Competition continues on Thursday (17 September) with R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1) and the P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1).

The World Cup in Sydney is the second and penultimate Paralympic qualifier of 2015 and runs until Saturday (19 September). The next and final qualifier will take place in Fort Benning, USA, between 3-7 November.

Live results are available at the IPC Shooting website.

Live updates, behind the scenes content and pictures will also be posted to IPC Shooting’s Twitter and Facebook pages under the #SydneyWorldCup15.