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Shooter Johnson off to fourth Paralympics

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/06/2016
Para-Shooter Michael Johnson sights his target at the Mt Eden Shooting Range following the selection announcement of the New Zealand Para-Shooting team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on June 14. © Getty Images Para-Shooter Michael Johnson sights his target at the Mt Eden Shooting Range following the selection announcement of the New Zealand Para-Shooting team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on June 14.

Michael Johnson will head to his fourth Paralympic Games as part of a three-strong New Zealand para-shooting squad.

The 42-year-old Aucklander claimed gold in Athens 2004 and bronze in each of the past two Paralympics in Beijing and London.

He is joined in the squad by Jason Eales and Greg Reid, who will be making their Games debuts.

Since 2014, the trio have won six gold, four silver and two bronze in international competition.

Their selection takes to 27 the number of New Zealand para-athletes named to compete in Rio in September.

Johnson, who has his eye on two gold medals, holds the world record and is world No.1 in the R4 mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2 class.

His is ranked No.5 in the R5 mixed 10m air rifle SH2 prone event.

"I'm thrilled to be representing New Zealand at my fourth Paralympic Games," he said.

"Within para-shooting, I've seen a huge increase in the number of para-athletes competing and I'm very excited to have Jason and Greg selected and competing with me in Rio."

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