Awesome Warren. Congrats!
CSer Warren (Topshot) Potent wins his first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games
Congrats Warren. A long time coming but well done.
Not long after winning a long-awaited first Commonwealth Games gold medal, a jubilant Warren Potent was on the phone to his wife Lee back in Sydney. The only issue is she was fast asleep, presumably unaware that in his fourth appearance over 16 years he had finally reached the summit of the podium.
"I rang her up but she probably had the phone in the lounge room and was sound asleep, so she doesn't even know I've won yet," said the 52-year-old, who set a Commonwealth Games record to claim the men's 50 metre prone rifle event.
"She's very relaxed about these things. She probably would have been in bed at nine o'clock. I'll give it a couple of more hours and give her a call when she's awake. She may know or she may not - but if she doesn't she certainly will in a couple of hours."
For Potent, it was a long time coming. A veteran of four Olympics and winner of a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008, Potent's visits to Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Delhi had yielded a silver and two bronze and in blustery weather at the shooting venue at Carnoustie he managed to complete the collection.
"It was very windy, probably some of the toughest conditions I've shot in this year," he said.
"The wind pushed the bullet out a lot more than you would think and you had to keep adjusting for the weather all the time. Luckily it all worked out well for me."
Potent plans to continue competing at least until the next Olympics in Rio in 2016 but admitted his acquisition of a gold medal here meant this would in all likelihood be his last Commonwealth Games.
"It might be but we'll see. I'll probably make my mind up after Rio. I've got a feeling it will be my last Games, but we won't count any chickens just yet," Potent said.
"It probably will make a bit easier because now I've got nothing to prove as far as the Commonwealth Games is concerned. I could end on top and walk away as the champion. "I've been shooting a long time, longer than some of my competitors have been alive."
Potent faced a nervous final shot to secure victory after silver medallist Gagan Narang edged closer, but the Indian was unable to close the gap and finished with 203.6. England's Kenneth Parr claimed the bronze.
"It has been a long time coming," he said. "Strangely enough, relief is the main (emotion). I've finally got the monkey off my back."
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Last edited by flynnaus; 29th July 2014 at 08:26 AM.
Awesome Warren. Congrats!
Warren, great work. It is good to see you living up to your CoffeeSnobs name.
I hope that you have been able to find a topshot of coffee over there too.
Awesome effort Warren, we all know how hard you have worked to get to this point and now you have medals in the whole range of colours.
Enjoy the celebrations!
Terrific effort mate and well done...
WooHoo! Way to go Warren! Congratulations on yet another great performance!
Java "Top Shot indeed!!!" phile
Toys! I must have new toys!!!
I'm now back in Australia and ready for a normal life for the next month!
You might be ready for a normal life Warren, but is it going to be?
Congratulations, what an achievement
Congratulations, and not just to you, but all the shooting team that did so well at these games. The success has given a minority sport get the recognition it deserves.
I'm still trying to get my head around how the low heart rate needs of a small bore rifle shooter is compatible with an appreciation of good coffee. There must be long periods of forced abstinence that would be hard to bear. At least you can now indulge while you reflect on this crowning achievement.
Once again, congratulations!
Great work champ!
Making us all proud, we really do appreciate all the hard work involved!
How long in the lead up to an event do you cut out coffee (and other things like wine) that can cause the shakes? That right there is dedication.
Java "Gotta love a question that's answered before it's asked!" phile[/QUOTE]
I loved that one!
Just wanted to add a late congratulations Warren - I was lurking for years before I became a CS member and have been following your exploits for years. You obviously deserve this for the thousands of hours you've put in, not to mention the dedication and expense involved!