Aussies fail to fire

Warren Potent has been knocked out of the 50 metre prone rifle competition.
Warren Potent has been knocked out of the 50 metre prone rifle competition. Getty Images Sport - Lars Baron

IT'S been a disappointing day for the Australians in action at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Beijing bronze medallist Warren Potent and compatriot Dane Sampson both failed to make the final of the 50 metre prone rifle competition.

Potent finished the qualifying rounds in 32nd place with a score of 591, while Sampson was back in 48th place with a score of 583.

Belarussian Sergei Martynov achieved a very rare feat in qualifying, shooting a perfect score of 600 to match the current world and Olympic records.

For Potent, it was a case of what have been.

"I have mixed emotions," he said.

"I actually shot really well but I just couldn't make score."

The 50 year-old from NSW said he didn't ever recover from a poor start.

"I was really slow to start actually, I found it hard to get into my routine. Once I got going I was OK but it was hard to make up ground."

And while most have been thankful for the blue skies that have generally greeted competitors at these Games, Potent believed that counted against him.

"It was only in the final round that the wind really picked up and that's when I shot 100," he said.

"I shoot my best when it is windy but it was really still to start and I don't normally shoot so well then."

In other events on day seven, South Australia's David Chapman finished in 18th place with a score of 559 in the men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol.


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