20 August... Aislin competed in the Women's Skeet on the 12th August. Unfortunately there was no television coverage of qualification rounds so here in Aus we didn't get to watch her compete. Going into the event Aislin was ranked 30th in the World, competing against women with far more experience and generally quite a bit older than her. Only Aislin and Amber Hill (GBR) were under 20. Aislin finished the event in 17th place. With the level of experience in the field the spread of shooters generally ranked in the top 15 was always going to be interesting. Danka Bartekova (Bronze, London 2012) finished just above Aislin in 16th which gives Aislin's result a little perspective. Bartekova started competing on the World Cup circuit in 2000, the year Aislin was born.
Diana Bacosi (ITA) took the top of the podium in the event, with Chiara Cainero (ITA) in Silver position. Kimberley Rhode took Bronze from Wei Ming of China, making her the first Olympian to medal in 6 consecutive Summer Olympics.
An interesting fact pointed out on Facebook last week, Aislin is the only internationally ranked Women's skeet shooter who's year of birth starts with a 2.
Aislin will return to Australia on 24th August and take a little bit of time off. She'll use the time to catch up on school work and friends before re-commencing training in mid September.
The time difference between AEST and Rio is 13 hours. The time in Rio now is...
The closing ceremony will commence at 20:00 BRT on the 21st August and should go to air on Channel 7 at 9am AEST on 22 Aug.
In what is exciting news, Aislin has taken 8th place at her debut World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. Shooting 70/75, she missed the shoot off for semi final places by one target but said from Baku yesterday that she's learned a lot from the event and is keen to build on that experience. After the conclusion of the qualifying rounds, in another first Aislin was invited to co-commentate the finals which can be seen on the ISSF YouTube Channel here.
The event at the Waterwheel Beach Tavern for East Gippslanders to farewell Aislin was an outstanding afternoon. A huge thanks to Kev, Tony, Mick & Matt and the Waterwheel crew for their generosity. The party was sensational and raised about $5000 to support Aislin's unfunded travel and training expenses.
In another exciting moment for Aislin her latest order of Bronze Wing Ammunition arrived - with a bit of a surprise - a customised shell for her trip to Rio!