Shooter Ashley Adams enjoyed the company of volunteer staff at the Athens summer Paralympics as well as two outstanding performances to win a silver and a bronze medal in possibly the most tightly contested sport at the Games. Adams won silver in the SH1 mixed free rifle prone event, behind his good friend, Swedish shooting star Jonas Jakobsson. Adams’ score of 697.8 would have seen him finish sixth at the Olympics a month before, ten places ahead of the leading Australian in an event that was identical for Paralympic and Olympic shooters. (Jakobsson would have finished 4th at the Olympics with his score, just 0.2 outside a bronze medal.) Adams later won the prone rifle event at the able-bodied Australian Championships in 2007. Despite years of lobbying for selection in able-bodied teams based on his results, Adams only ever represented Australia in regional able-bodied competitions.
Date: September 2004