By Will Finch
Friday, 10 August 2012
Shooting events at London 2012 started with a bang last week with sell-out crowds witnessing the first medals of the Games being won.
Unlike many of the other Olympic venues, every seat was taken at the Royal Artillery Barracks in south-east London to see the finals of the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol, the women’s skeet and the women’s 10m air rifle.
Team GB skeet shooter Elena Allen was left disappointed after being eliminated in the qualifying rounds of the competition, finishing in 14th place with a score of 60 points.
She said: “I was shooting extremely well over the last four or five weeks and particularly coming close to this event.”
“The only time we get to experience the crowd and the noise is when we have these big competitions and unfortunately the pressure got to me. I let the occasion knock my performance. It was a really bad day at the office and it just wasn’t good enough. I now need to make sure I’m ready for Rio in four years’ time.”
The event was won by the 33-year-old American Kim Rhode, who shot a world-record equalling 99 to become the first American to win individual medals at five straight Olympics.
Rhode won medals in the Double Trap in 1996, 2000 and 2004, before switching to skeet at Beijing in 2008, and insists she is far from finished.
She said: “I do not see myself quitting any time soon, I’m looking forward to 2016 and a few more after that. The oldest Olympic medallist was a shooter and he was 72, so I still have a few more in me.”
Other Olympic shooting hopefuls, Charlotte Kerwod and Edward Ling, failed to qualify for their finals. Trap shooter Ed came in 22nd place with a total score of 118, and Kerwood came in 16th place in the women’s qualifying round.
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