Queensland’s Dane Sampson continued his dominance in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions event when capturing the gold medal at the Target Rifle Victoria State Championships Performance Series Final this afternoon.
Sampson tallied 455.3 points to comfortably defeat South Australian siblings Jack Rossiter (451.6 points) by 3.7 points with his sister Tori Rossiter (436.6 points) collecting the bronze medal.
It was Sampson’s third straight Performance Series victory this season in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions event.
After opening with a strong kneeling series where he registered 152.6 points, Sampson extended his lead over Jack Rossiter by 5.8 points after the second stage prone section.
Rossiter fought back to reduce the margin to 1.4 points early in the standing section, but was unable to peg back the two-time Olympian.
Sampson entered the final high on confidence as the top qualifier after registering a season-high 1170 points after the morning qualifying round which included two perfects series of 100 points and two scores of 99 in prone.
Sampson will contest both the men’s 10m Air Rifle and the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event when the Tokyo Olympic Games commence in July.
The next Rifle Performance Series event will be the WISC Grand Prix at Wingfield Rifle Range in Adelaide on March 25-28