Steve Scott is not about to give up on his Rio dreams despite falling just short of a place in the men’s double trap final.
Scott began his European Games adventure in scintillating form, topping the qualification process with a score of 142 in Baku.
And he looked to have carried that form over into the semi-final as he missed just two of his 30 shots.
But despite scoring an impressive 28, this wasn’t enough to see him finish in the top four and bag a place in the final as he sat fifth.
There was double disappointment with Olympic qualification points up for grabs, however, with plenty more chances to show what he can do ahead of next year’s Games in Rio, Scott is determined to keep fighting.
“I just made a few simple errors in the final which was a little bit silly of me,” he said. “I was on form and shooting well but unfortunately I let it slip a little bit on two targets.
“It's a great experience, the facilities here are amazing and it is great to have another multi-sport event to participate in for the big lead up to Rio.
“Rio is the one and without a doubt I will still be going for it. We are back out here in Azerbaijan in about a month.
“Then we have the World Championships Italy so I have two more chances.”
Earlier in the competition Tim Kneale failed to escape qualification as his score of 137 saw him finish 14th.
Jennifer McIntosh advance to her final in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions competition, but she couldn’t come away with a medal as her score of 399.7 saw her finish seventh.
“That's the nature of three positions it doesn't really matter if you are good at one position if you are not good at the others because you will end up at the bottom of the pile,” McIntosh said.
“I'm disappointed because I know that I am better than that and maybe the pressure of the final got the better of me but c'est la vie.
“I missed out on Rio qualification today but there are few more opportunities so I will try and bring it home.”
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