Sydney mum borrows pistol to win gold

Danielle Moleman's 10m Air Pistol win was bitter sweet as she failed to qualify for the Olympics

Danielle Moleman has produced a giant upset in the women's 10m Air Pistol final at the Oceania Championships, winning gold with a borrowed pistol.

The mum of three beat three-time Olympian Dina Aspandiyarova to take home the title at the Sydney International Shooting Centre on Tuesday.

A late inclusion in the Australian A team, Moleman (238.1 points) held her nerve to defeat Aspandiyarova (232.2) by a commanding 5.9 points, with New Zealand's Kayla Aylward claiming bronze.

From the Blue Mountains town of Wentworth Falls, north of Sydney, Moleman was ranked in bottom-placed sixth position for the final after a pistol malfunction in the morning qualification round.

Borrowing a pistol from Australian team-mate Damien Dowling, she commenced the final in blazing fashion averaging 10 points per shot in the first two rounds.

In contrast, Aspandiyarova struggled for accuracy and languished 7.1 points behind in fifth position and risked a shock early elimination.

Moleman faltered slightly the third last round to give the chasing Aspandiyarova a glimmer of hope but finished confidently in the final two rounds to claim a decisive victory.

"My pistol just died at the beginning of the qualification round. There was an issue with the air compression, so we just grabbed the nearest available pistol," said Moleman.

"Damien has a massive hand and I had to make other technical adjustments just to be able to shoot with it.

"I was just hoping to win third place so I could take home the toy doll for my two-year old daughter Victoria."

However the victory proved bitter sweet for Moleman.

Despite winning the gold, she didn't register a Minimum Quota Score (MQS) so isn't eligible for selection in the Australian team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Both Aspandiyarova and Women's 25m Air Pistol gold medallist, Galiabovitch, both achieved quota scores in qualification and are eligible for selection for the event.

"It was very unfortunate that I had the problems with my pistol as I believed I would have easily registered an MQS under normal circumstances," Moleman said.

The next finals, the men's and women's 50m Three Position Rifle events, will be held on Thursday.