Michael Gault OBE has today announced his retirement from the sport of shooting, only days after equalling the all-time medal record at the Commonwealth Games.
A bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol Competition on Saturday meant that Gault equalled Australian Phillip Adamsí record of 18 medals to go down in Commonwealth history.
Gault, based in Norfolk, called time on his career after finishing 13th in this morning 50m Pistol qualification at Barry Buddon.
The 60 year oldís Commonwealth medal record now stands at a staggering 9 golds, 4 silvers and 5 bronze, and quite rightly holds the title of the most decorated man in English sporting history.
The journey began for Gault in Canada in 1994, before competing at a further four Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Manchester, Melbourne and Delhi prior to Glasgow.
After his last competitive shoot representing England, he said: ďIím just a little disappointed at not making todayís final, but at the end of the day Iíve done what Iíve wanted to do, and Iíve come away with that 18th medal, the one I wanted.
He added: ďI had one niggling goal that I hadnít met, but now that Iíve taken it with both hands Iím happy.Ē
It was fitting that Gaultís last ever competitive shot was a 10, and he admits it was a sigh of relief to sign off on a high: ďI finished well and my last string was the best of the lot. There wasnít anything particularly bad with my shoot, but I just couldnít hit the 10 ring as much I wanted to.Ē
Gaultís target ahead of the Games was to equal Adamsí record, and he admits he couldnít have wished for anything better: ďItís job done for me now and I can leave with my head held high. I can retire a happy man.Ē
To end, Gault jokingly said: ďI couldnít let that Australian keep it on his own, so Iím sure he doesnít mind me equalling it!