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Australia wins its first medal of the Paralympics with shooting bronze

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Cuiping Zhang is awarded gold Image: LauraHale.

Earlier today, Australia earned its first 2012 Summer Paralympics medal when Natalie Smith won a bronze medal with a score of 492.4 at the Royal Artillery Barracks in the women’s R2-10m air rifle standing SH1 event. The event was the first medal event awarded at the 2012 Games.


Cuiping Zhang of China won gold with a final score of 500.9 which set a new world record. Manuela Schmermund of Germany took home silver with a score of 493.6. Yunri Lee of South Korea finished fourth with a score of 492.3, beating fifth place finisher Thai Wasana Keatjaratkul who had the same score.

Australia’s Libby Kosmala, who at 70 years old was competing in her eleventh Paralympic Games, finished eighth with a score of 488.7, several points behind the leaders. Two scores in the 8 range kept her out of the top through all ten rounds.

The final for the men’s R2-10m air rifle standing SH1 event is scheduled for this afternoon.


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Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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