Huckle fails to book final berth

30 July 2012 / 12:15

British marksman James Huckle has missed out on a place in the Olympic final in the 10m air rifle.

The 21-year-old from Harlow, Essex, was cheered on by the Duke of Kent among another sell-out crowd at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

Huckle looked to have given himself a chance of a place in Monday afternoon's final with two perfect rounds of 100 - 10 bullseyes from 10 shots. The Duke even had some words of encouragement, saying: "He's shooting very well, isn't he?" But Huckle's final total of 593 out of 600 was not enough to secure a top-eight finish.

He was eventually placed 24th, while the qualification round was won by Italy's Niccolo Campriani, the world number one.

Huckle, who goes again later in the week in the rifle 3 positions event, told Press Association Sport: "After the four-round mark is when you have to start to dig your heels in and 397 was a great start, but I just fired a few bad shots.

"You have to keep yourself disciplined and without a doubt I tried my best and I'll take a lot from it. I'd have liked more - I think everyone would. But it will stand me in good stead for my next event."

Huckle did fare better than former Olympic 50m air rifle champion Matt Emmons of the USA, who admitted he is struggling to recapture his form.

Emmons has famously let gold slip from his grasp with his last shot in two Olympic finals, but he will not suffer the same fate, in this event at least, after a score of 590 left him ranked 35th.

"My head's working pretty good but my body's not listening," he said.

"I'm shooting okay but the scores you need to make the final, around 596, has been around my top hit for a long time. It's been coming together over this last month or so but it's still not as consistent as I'd like it to be."