Des Vamplew wins Commonwealth medals 36 years apart

Des Vamplew missed the opening ceremony at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. Thirty-six...

Des Vamplew missed the opening ceremony at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. Thirty-six years later, he's still winning medals. (QMI Files)

TERRY JONES, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:34 PM ET

It was 10 Commonwealth Games ago, 36 years ago.

Des Vamplew was just a 22-year-old kid who surprised everyone and won the gold medal in fullbore rifle shooting at the Edmonton 1978 Games

Thirty-six years later, at age 58, Vamplew just won another medal at the Commonwealth Games.

He’s likely the only person in history to win medals 36 years apart without winning any in between.

“That's probably a pretty good assumption,” he said.

“It was a large shock to my wife. When I phoned home, she answered the phone and asked how it went. It was like she was braced for news of a disappointing result. When I told her she said 'Oh my God! I'm going to open a bottle of champagne.’ And she did.”

How do you go 36 years between medals?

 


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