Russell Mark

  • Name: Russell Andrew Mark
  • Born: Ballarat, Victoria, 25th February, 1964
  • Education : Diploma in Business Studies
  • Occupation : Athlete
  • Sport : Clay Target Shooting
  • Event : Double Trap
  • Major Sponsors : Beretta, RC Ammunition (Italy)
  • Minor Sponsors : Bolle
  • Email : russell@goshooting.com.au
  • Occupation: Company Director – Go Shooting
Services to sport
  • Olympian : 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012
Major International Results:
  • 1991 World Cup Champion Los Angeles USA
  • 1992 World Cup Champion Lonato Italy
  • 1994 World Cup Final Champion Munich Germany
  • 1994 World Champion Milan Italy
  • 1996 Olympic Champion Atlanta USA
  • 1997 World Champion Lima Peru
  • 1998 World Team Champion Barcelona Spain
  • 1999 World Cup Champion Lima Peru
  • 1999 World Team Champion Tampere Finland
  • 2000 World Cup Champion Sydney Australia
  • 2000 Olympic Silver Sydney
  • 2003 World Cup Champion Perth Australia
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Melbourne Australia
  • 2008 Olympic 5th Place Beijing China
Summary
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Russell Mark was one of Australia’s four Individual Gold Medallists at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, putting him in the company of Kieran Perkins, Susie O’Neill and fellow Clay Target Shooter, Michael Diamond. Competing in his third Olympic Games, Russell won the Gold Medal in the Double Trap Competition.

In this ultimate test of hand to eye Co-ordination, the Double Trap Competitor has less than one second in which to hit two Clay Targets, ten centimetres in diameter, flying away from the shooter at 100 kilometres per hour. Russell won his Gold Medal by an incredible six targets from his nearest rival.

Russell’s career has included thirty-nine open Australian Championships, his first coming as a 16 year-old Junior. With his win in Atlanta he became the first Shotgun Shooter in the history of the sport to win all four of the World’s Major Individual Title’s, The World Cup, The World Cup Final, The World Championship and The Olympic Games.

In October 1992, competing at a tournament in Tamworth (NSW) Russell set an all-time Australian Record for the most Clay Targets hit in succession without missing. Over the two day Trap Shooting Competition he hit an incredible 1,177 targets in a row.

In 1996 the Sportsmen’s Association of Australia voted Russell Mark their Sportsperson of the Year. In 1997 he was honoured with the Order of Australia Medal for Services to Sport. Also in 1997, Russell backed up his Olympic victory by winning the World Championship in Peru and equalling the World Record.

Russell is now one of the worlds leading shotgun coaches and has coached Clay Target Shooting across the globe and even to a fellow competitor, The Prince of Brunei.

In 2009 Russell Mark was named by the International Shooting Sports Federation as the greatest ever Double Trap competitor and was named as one of the top 10 greatest marksmen of all time.

Russell competed in 6 Olympic Games (only equestrian competitor Andrew Hoy went to 7) and retired from competitive shooting in 2014.

In 2016 Russell worked as a commentator for Channel 7 at the Rio Olympic Games.

He is married to fellow Olympian and triple Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Lauryn Mark and now own and operates two Hotels in his native Hoppers Crossing in Victoria.

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