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Johnston hits target with gold medal

Anasilini Ratuva suva Not only did Johnston avoid that most dreaded of finishing positions during this morning’s (NZT) women’s 50m rifle prone event in Carnoustie, she ended up replacing previous
30 Jul 2014 11:06

Anasilini Ratuva
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Not only did Johnston avoid that most dreaded of finishing positions during this morning’s (NZT) women’s 50m rifle prone event in Carnoustie, she ended up replacing previous disappointment with a glittering gold medal.
Johnston shot her way to the top step of the podium today – 16 years after claiming bronze at her first Games in Kuala Lumpur – to cap a long career filled with hard work and near misses.
The 44-year-old’s win was the first success at these Games for the Kiwi shooting team, and one that saw her pre-event vow prove true.
“I was thinking yesterday, actually, I said, ‘No more fourths’. I’m over the fourths and fifths,” she said. “I was really happy but it was also a satisfied feeling, knowing you’d put in the hard work, you’d put in a good performance on the day and it was enough to be the top of the heap.”
As well as satisfaction, Johnston would have been forgiven for feeling some surprise, given the result remained a mystery until she rose from her prone position. She knew she had shot well but had no clue if it was enough to take gold.
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