Rifle: Hammond Wins Second Straight Gold

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • October 13, 2010 04:21 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University rifle coach Jon Hammond capped off a brilliant run at the 2010 Commonwealth Games with his second Gold medal, and fourth medal overall, and a win in the men’s 50m rifle prone today, in Delhi, India.

The Aberdeen, Scotland, native finished first overall with a final score of 696.9. The fifth-year Mountaineer coach shot a relay-best score of 595 (99, 100, 99, 100, 98, 99) and a finals score of 101.9 for his aggregate total.

Australia’s Warren Potent finished in second place with a score of 695.4 (594, 101.4), while Northern Ireland’s Matthew Hall shot an aggregate total of 694.1 (593, 101.1).

“Today’s win has just topped off an amazing competition and experience for me,” Hammond says. “To be the Commonwealth champion, as well as the most successful Scottish athlete at any one games, is really special. Hopefully, I can bring back all of the positives and experiences I have gained and share it with the WVU team so we also can have a successful season.”

Today’s medal is the second straight Gold for Hammond, as he combined with teammate Neil Stirton for the win in the men’s pairs 50m rifle prone yesterday.

Hammond’s two Gold medals make up half the loot he will bring back to Morgantown, as he also won the Silver in the men’s 50m rifle 3 position, and the Bronze with Stirton in the men’s pairs 50 rifle 3 position.

With today’s games conclusion, Hammond’s time with Team Scotland is also over. He now returns to Morgantown and will open the 2010-11 WVU rifle season Saturday, Oct. 16, as the Mountaineers play host to Ohio State at the WVU Rifle Range at 8 a.m.

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