A total of 18 women competed this morning in the air rifle qualifying round to determine who would move on to the final. The final, which began at 1:30 p.m. and included the top 8 positions (women with the most points), was very exciting.
The 8 finalists were introduced to the crowd and then proceeded to shoot at the ten targets taking a single shot per target. Each participant must wait for the Chief of Range’s command before taking her shot. Each target was read for each participant once the ten women had taken their shot. Results were immediately available and visible to the audience on the scoreboard. Participants wait for instructions before taking their second shot and so on until each one has taken ten shots.
The gold medal was awarded to Aerial Arthur of Saskatchewan who obtained an additional 103.7 points in the final for a grand total of 486.7 points. The silver medal went to Connor Deneka of Manitoba (486 points) and Cassandra Wilson-Anderson (484.1) took the bronze. In fourth place, Ashley Knockwood from New-Brunswick finished with 483.1, a difference of only 1 point with the bronze medal score!
The same number of shooters took part in the men’s event (air rifle). Among the 8 finalists, Mack Kohl from Saskatchewan stood out with a grand total of 680.5 points to win the gold medal. Christopher Baldwin of Ontario took the silver medal with a total of 679.0 points. Ben Taylor from Newfoundland and Labrador won the bronze.