Gault has shot at Commonwealth record medals haul

Dereham shooter Mick Gault admitted he was as surprised as anyone as his history-making bid got back on track at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

That left Gault needing a medal from both of his remaining events to join Adams on 18 medals. The 56-year-old's first chance came in the 25m standard pistol pairs alongside Iqbal Ubhi but with the Birmingham ace in his debut Games the odds seemed stacked against him.

However the duo defied their underdog status in style at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range taking bronze and moving Gault on to 17 medals with one event remaining.

Gault said: 'It's nice to have a medal, it's unexpected but it's nice.

'It was totally unexpected really because it was Iqbal's first Commonwealth Games and we didn't know how we would react at all.


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'Also, I was very nervous as well. I had many malfunctions and only just managed to clear them in the gun.

'I don't think Iqbal listens to me really - I'm too old. He's very experienced at home and he's had international exposure at world cups and world championships and we did well.

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'It was disappointing to miss out on the medal at the 25m centrefire pistol but it was just unfortunate and I was really pleased to come back today and win a medal.'

Gault's bid to make it a record-breaking 18 goes down to the wire today (Wednesday) in the Indian capital in the 25m standard pistol.

But despite standing on the verge of Commonwealth Games history the Norfolk ace is adamant he's not feeling the pressure.

'I am feeling OK and alright about the last event really,' he added.

'It's just a competition for me. I just want to perform well tomorrow and if that results in a medal, that's all right.'

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