The Malta Independent 16 August 2018, Thursday

Gold Coast 2018: Brian Galea takes bronze medal in trap shooting at Commonwealth Games

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Photo: Maria Vella-Galea
Photo: Maria Vella-Galea

Maltese Trap Shooter Brian Galea won bronze medal at The Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018.

Brian had a very good start with 24/25 in his first round and missed also only one clay in his second for anther 24/25.

He was leading with 48/50, followed by The British shooter, Aaron Heading with 48/50 (count back rule), and Mitchel Iles Crevatin from Australia with 47/50.      

In the final three rounds of qualification, he managed 23/25 in all three rounds, to finish with a score of 117/125, tied in sixth place with Kynan Chenai from India.

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In the final shoot-off between the two for a place in the final round, Galea beat the Indian competitor 4-3. Brian hit all his four clays while Kynan missed his fourth clay. 

In the final, Galea managed 36 hits which secured him third place, behind gold medallist Michael Wixey from Wales with 46/50 and the English Aaron Heading who placed second with 43/50.

Brian was assisted with his coach Frans Bugeja during this event. 

This is the fourth medal won my Maltese shooters at the Commonwealth Games, after another two bronze medals were won by double trap shooter William Chetcuti and a silver medal won by Rebecca Madyson in earlier competitions.

“This was such a fitting way to wrap up the Commonwealth Games. Malta is very happy with this result, which shows the dedication and commitment that athletes like Brian Galea give towards their sport” enthused Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee. 

“Today is a truly emotional moment for me, as it is the result of months of hard work and preparation. I am grateful for the support that the Shooting Federation and the Maltese Olympic Committee have given me as without it, I would not have achieved this result. I genuinely hope that I have made Malta proud with this result” - Brian Galea, Bronze Medalist, Commonwealth Games.

Malta’s commitments at the XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast have now come to an end, all that remains is the closing ceremony which will take place on Sunday 15th April at the Carrara Stadium and which will see Brian Galea proudly carry Malta’s flag as the contingent walks into the stadium. 

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