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Gault has record in his sights

PUBLISHED: 12:04 15 July 2010 | UPDATED: 10:19 01 August 2010

Dereham pistol shooter Mick Gault could become the most medalled athlete in Commonwealth Games history when he competes at the Delhi 2010 Games in October.

Dereham pistol shooter Mick Gault could become the most medalled athlete in Commonwealth Games history when he competes at the Delhi 2010 Games in October.

Gault, named on Tuesday in England's 22-strong shooting team for Delhi, has won 15 medals from four Games to date.

The Norfolk shooter is entered for up to eight competitions in Delhi and would become the most medalled athlete in Commonwealth Games history if he wins four medals.

That record is thought to be held by Australian pistol shooter Phillip Adams, who won 18 medals from six Commonwealth Games.

Gault's four medals in Melbourne four years ago made him England's most medalled Commonwealth Games athlete, overhauling the record of 13 held by swimmer Karen Pickering.

Gault said Delhi is likely to be his last Commonwealth Games. “I'm 56 now and I've drawn a line in the sand and said after these Games I'm retiring. I'm already one of the older shooters around,” he said.

“I've got one more goal now. This time I've got the chance of becoming the most successful athlete in the history of the Commonwealth Games from any country.

“Because of who I am and what I've done, everyone expects something every time I step on to the firing line. That's a huge responsibility and something I've got to control emotionally and physically.

”I've done everything I can possibly do, I don't talk about not winning any more,” he added. “I've got my mind around the fact that I'm going to go there and win - otherwise, what's the point in going?”

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