Michael Diamond finished tenth at theWorld Cup Final in Maribor, Slovenia on the weekend, adding to thedisappointment he felt at the Olympics.
The defending world champion trapshooter didn’t even make the finals after qualifying on 117, twoshort of a shoot-off that decided the sixth spot in the final.
Diamond did not shoot one round of 25,which is unusually bad form for the Australian, who has won multipleOlympic medals and other titles.
Turkish shooter Oguzhan Tuzun won theevent, qualifying strongly on 123 to take a two-shot lead into thefinal, but he nearly blew it when he hit just 22 targets at the end.
This allowed Alexey Alipov (Russia) tocatch him and force a shoot-off for the crown, but the Turk held hisnerve to win 3-2.
Tuzun was shooting with a brand newshotgun after losing 7kg, enough to force him to adopt a new stockdesign.
“Today’s was the first match withthe new equipment,” he said. “I did not train in the last threeweeks, so I was not so confident. That’s why I am so happy aboutwinning this title.”
Jesus Serrano (Spain) was third. Afterscraping into the final in sixth in the shoot-off, he shot a perfect25 in the final.
“Well, it’s a medal, but I expectedmore,” said the man who is rated sixth in the world.
Full results, including for the othershotgun events, are available on the ISSFwebsite.