Australian shooting legend looks to retire after Games
Australian pistol shooting great Bruce Quick is keen to go out in style at the Gold Coast Games, looking to add to his already impressive haul of 14 medals.
The 58-year-old said this Games, his seventh Games - which is a record for an Australian shooter - would probably be his last as shooting is not scheduled for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
"If I finish on 14 medals (with no medal at Gold Coast 2018), well, it's not a bad record," he said of being Australia's third most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete, behind fellow shooter Phillip Adams (18 medals) and swimmer Susie O'Neill (15).
"I have competed in 25 events and won medals in 14 - it's a batting average in the 60s and I'm happy with that."
With a tally of one gold, seven silver and six bronze medals from individual and pairs events since his debut at Auckland 1990, the Nuclear medicine technologist has every chance of winning on Wednesday.
Quick won his only gold medal in centre fire pairs during his first event at Auckland 1990, when he was 'brave and very young and fearless with no expectations'.
"I wish I had a bit more of that youthful exuberance," he said.
"This time I will smell the roses. I'm very positive, relaxed and comfortable in my ability, not bringing any pressure on myself."
Quick missed Victoria, Canada in 1994 but won medals in each Games since, until Glasgow 2014, where he finished sixth and eighth in his two finals.
In Manchester 2002, he won six medals, just missing out on gold in five instances, claiming silver and one bronze.
GC2018 could be his proudest moment, but he has no concerns at not being able to catch Adams' 18 medals in six Games – which remains a record for all sports.
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