Phillip Adams (shooting) competed in six Commonwealth Games from Brisbane in 1982 to Manchester in 2002, winning 18 medals, including 7 gold. His total medal haul is the most by any Australian athlete at the Games and equals the most by any athlete, from any country, in Commonwealth Games history. A farmer from Forbes in country NSW, Adams won two gold medals in Brisbane in 1982 in his Games debut at age 37, one in Edinburgh in 1986, three in Auckland in 1990 and one in Victoria in 1994 in a range of pistol and air pistol events. Also representing Australia at four consecutive Olympic Games between 1984 and 1996, Adams’ career ended on a sour note when he tested positive to banned diuretic in blood pressure medication at the Manchester 2002 Games. He was allowed to compete and won a silver medal, but Adams was subsequently banned for two years, which was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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