Baku 2015: Race against clock puts paid to Hammond's hopes

18 June 2015 / 06:18

Jonathan Hammond admitted a race against the clock was what cost him as he failed to advance from the men’s 50m rifle prone qualification.

Hammond began his Baku adventure well, amassing 103.9 points for his first series.

However, that was as good as it got for Hammond as he failed to improve on that score in his next five series, the closest he came was a 103.4 in his final attempt.

And the damage was done in the fourth series as he failed to break the 100-mark for the only time, scoring 98.3 that left him with plenty of work to do.

The windy conditions made things even tougher and Hammond was unable to claw his way back as he finished with a score of 612.8 in 20th position, with the top eight going through to the final.

And even though his Baku adventure ends there, Hammond believes there were still plenty of positives to take away from his maiden European Games.

“My performance obviously wasn’t the best but it was a really challenging day, I really just had one little rough patch in the match that really cost me,” he said.

“Other than that I felt I gave it my best in really challenging conditions, as you can see by the scores, so I can’t say it was a great performance being in 20th place but there were a lot of good things and just got a little unstuck in one little part of the match.

“When it is windy like that you try and be careful and really try and pick your spots but ultimately it is really easy to run out of time like that.

“I think I had a little bit of time pressure end which I managed right at the end and just kind of struggled to get into the rhythm of that.

“If we had two hours in these kind of conditions it would certainly be easier, I am not one of the fastest shooters normally so with conditions like this it is extra challenging.

“I had a good start but I was being a little more patient and then I had to pick up the rhythm and then it became a little more of a challenge.”

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