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Shooting Thursday, 1 August, 2002, 13:15 GMT 14:15 UK
Gault seals golden hat-trick
England's Michael Gault has won eight gold medals in three Commonwealth Games
Gault has won eight gold medals in three Commonwealth Games

England's Michael Gault won the men's 50-metre pistol final to become the most successful shooter in Commonwealth Games history.

Gault staged a repeat of his victory over India's Samaresh Jung in the air pistol final to win his third gold of the Games with a score of 657.5.

Jung was again forced to settle for silver on 652.8, with South Africa's Daniel Francois van Tonder taking bronze with 644.3.

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It's a great shame the sports minister didn't come to see the free pistol just to see what he has banned
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Michael Gault

The victory took Gault's tally of gold medals to eight in three Games, passing the seven victories of Australia's Phil Adams, who is also taking part at Bisley.

Gault, whose other gold came in the air pistol doubles, is forced to do his training in Switzerland because of England's handgun laws.

He received a congratulatory kiss from former minister for sport Kate Hoey, who is actively campaigning to make competitive shooters exempt from the ban.

"It's a great shame the sports minister (Richard Caborn) didn't come to see the free pistol when he was here on Monday just to see what he has banned," said Gault.

"Kate Hoey was chuffed for me. She is quite a powerful ally for the sport.

"It's a pity she is not still the minister but she was obviously doing too good a job. All the sportsmen seem to appreciate what she tries to do for them."


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