Russell Mark was one of Australia’s four Individual Gold Medallists at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, putting him in the company of Kieran Perkins, Susie O’Neill, and fellow Clay Target Shooter, Michael Diamond. Competing in his third Olympic Games, Russell won the Gold Medal in the Double Trap Competition. The Double Trap Competitor has less than a second to hit two clay targets, 10 centimetres in diameter, flying away from the shooter at 100 kilometres per hour. Russell won his Gold Medal by an incredible six targets from his nearest rival.
Russell’s career has included thirty-nine open Australian Championships, his first as a 16-year-old Junior. With his win in Atlanta, he became the first Shotgun Shooter in the history of the sport to win all four of the World’s Major Individual Titles: The World Cup, The World Cup Final, The World Championship, and The Olympic Games. In October 1992, in Tamworth (NSW), Russell set an all-time Australian Record for the most Clay Targets hit in succession without missing. Over the two-day Trap Shooting Competition, he hit an incredible 1,177 targets in a row.
In 1996, the Sportsmen’s Association of Australia voted Russell Mark their Sportsperson of the Year. In 1997, he was honoured with the Order of Australia Medal for Services to Sport going on to win the World Championship in Peru as well as the World Record that same year. Russell is now one of the world’s leading shotgun coaches and has coached Clay Target Shooting across the globe and even to a fellow competitor, The Prince of Brunei.
In 2009, Russell Mark was named by the International Shooting Sports Federation as the greatest ever Double Trap competitor and was named as one of the top 10 greatest marksmen of all time.
Russell competed in 6 Olympic Games (only equestrian competitor Andrew Hoy went to 7) and retired from competitive shooting in 2014.
In 2016, Russell worked as a commentator for Channel 7 at the Rio Olympic Games. In 2019, Russell was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame becoming the only the second shotgun shooter in its history to do so. The other was Donald Mackintosh.
Today, he is married to fellow Olympian and triple Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Lauryn Mark and owns and operates two hotels in his native Hoppers Crossing, in Victoria.