Shooting for the Stars

Sergei Evglevski will make his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2021. Picture: SUPPLIED

Two Berwick sharpshooters will jet off to Tokyo next year to take their places on Australia’s 2021 Olympic team.

Shooting Australia will enter one of its most experienced Olympic teams in history, with Laetisha Scanlan set to take her place in the Women’s Trap field and head to her second Olympic games, following her fifth placing in the Trap at Rio 2016.

Scanlan is also a multiple-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and also won the 2020 Commonwealth Championships, which doubled as Australia’s first Olympic selection event for Tokyo.

Another Berwick product, Sergei Evglevski, will make his Olympic debut in the Men’s 25-metre Rapid Fire Pistol event – following in the footsteps of his mother, six-time Olympian Lalita Yauhleuskaya.

Evglevski won the 25m Air Pistol at the Oceania Championships in Sydney late last year after winning silver in the same event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

He and Scanlan will join the likes of now four-time Olympian Dina Aspandiyarova and five-time Olympian Daniel Repacholi on next year’s team.

Shooting Australia is now working closely with the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) to plan a competition schedule leading into the Tokyo games, which is set to have its team members in peak form by the time the Games are scheduled to begin in July next year.

Fortunately, Shooting Australia completed its nomination event process prior to the high-level social and public restrictions that were put in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those restrictions were put in place after the last nomination event.

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