Ipswich top shot flags special world honour

EVEN after representing Australia at six world championships, Ipswich marksman Rob Rush remains a perfectionist.

He carried the Australian flag, shared in a bronze medal success and maintained his reputation as one of the world's leading fullbore rifle shooters.

But showing his professional eye for detail, the Bundamba sportsman was aiming higher.

"I didn't shoot as well as I could have," Rush, 53, said, having recently returned from Canada.

"I was a little bit disappointed I was not quite up to the standard of the past few years."

Rush, an Australian representative since 1976, won a gold medal over the 1000 yard range at the previous world championships in England four years ago.

However, as those who know Rush understand, it's his constant search for excellence that has seen him achieve so much over many years.

Rush's latest international competition was the sixth time he represented Australia at the Palma World Championships held every four years.

Being part of Australia's 16-strong team which won the bronze medal bolstered his world championship tally to four.

He'd previously won gold medals in team events in 1979 (New Zealand) and 1988 (Sydney) and collected an individual silver in 1995 (New Zealand).

"Probably the first one was the highlight of the six," the long-serving Ipswich District Rifle Club member said.

"I ended up top scoring at that one. That was probably the most memorable one."

As Australia's best represented team member, Rush appreciated the honour of carrying the flag at the world titles opening ceremony in Ottawa earlier this month.

"It was one of those (special) little moments," the modest sportsman said.

"They did it alphabetically so we (Australia) were out first (of the 10 countries)."

Great Britain won the gold medal totalling 14,200.76, ahead of South Africa (14,175.70) and Australia (14,172.72).

It was the Australian rifle team's first medal in 18 years.

The Aussies outshot the previous world record by 51 points.



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