Norfolk shooter Mick Gault equals Commonwealth Games medal record

England's Michael Gault with his Bronze Medal following the final of the 10m Air Pistol Men at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire England's Michael Gault with his Bronze Medal following the final of the 10m Air Pistol Men at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Monday, July 28, 2014
6:30 AM

Commonwealth Games history could be made by Norfolk shooter Mick Gault in Glasgow today.

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England's Michael Gault reacts to a shot during the final of the 10m Air Pistol Men at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.England's Michael Gault reacts to a shot during the final of the 10m Air Pistol Men at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

The 60-year-old from Dereham is already looking forward to a peaceful retirement after etching his name into Games history over the weekend.

Gault, who came out of retirement to compete in Scotland, arrived with a clear target – to become the Games’ most decorated athlete of all time.

And he achieved that remarkable feat on Saturday, claiming 10-metre air pistol bronze to go level with Australian shooter Phillip Adams on 18 medals.

He will have the opportunity to claim the honour outright today in the 50m air pistol but as far as Gault is concerned it is job done already.

Australia's Daniel Repacholi holds his gold medal with silver medalist India's Prakash Nanjappa (left) and bronze medalist England's Michael Gault (right) following the final of the 10m Air Pistol Men at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.Australia's Daniel Repacholi holds his gold medal with silver medalist India's Prakash Nanjappa (left) and bronze medalist England's Michael Gault (right) following the final of the 10m Air Pistol Men at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

“It’s a bit of history and not bad for a 60-year-old bloke,” he said. “I’m looking at my future pension and I’ve achieved such a record that the chances of it being beaten are slim in the next 10 or 15 years.

“It just means a lot to me – it’s why I came out of retirement about three and a half years ago. It’s why my wife who has given up everything for me and we’re retiring after this now.

“I can retire, put my feet up and watch everybody else working. There might be a coaching job for me somewhere and I can stay with the sport. Instead of getting tense with a pistol in my hand I’ll just watch someone else getting tense.”

Australian Daniel Repacholi and India’s Prakash Nanjappa took home gold and silver respectively but not topping the podium is no problem for the Norfolk grandfather.

He was satisfied just to get over the line at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre and, with some Divine 
intervention, believes he can repeat the feat on Monday.

“It didn’t matter what colour it was, I’ve got the 18 medals now,” added Gault. “That’s exactly what the aim was so it’s job done.

“I was really feeling the pressure then and all the way through. I don’t know where all those tens were coming from as I was shooting all over the place and it was going in the middle. Somebody was on my side.

“The crowd was fantastic and I’m sure that even the Scots were 
cheering me on. It’s a weight off my shoulders and I can chillax, as they say, now. I can focus on my next competition, which is in a couple of days’ time.

“We will see what God has got in store. I’m not putting any pressure on myself at all as I’ve done it now.”

The 50m pistol men’s qualification round gets under way at 8.30am 
today, with Gault aiming for the finals, which are due to begin at 12.15pm.

• Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We work with sports, sponsors and Sport England to support the development of athletes and their sports, and to achieve success at Games-time.

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