Lightfoot psyched but gutted after making Olympic debut

09 February 2014 / 16:46

Amanda Lightfoot had mixed emotions after marking her Olympic biathlon debut with a 75th-place finish in the 7.5km sprint in Sochi.

Needing to finish in the top 60 to qualify for the pursuit, three missed targets in the range proved costly as Lightfoot clocked 24:48.9 minutes and fell short

And she was gutted to have missed out on another event at the Games but made up with simply making her Olympic debut in Sochi.

“I will have a bit more of a build up towards the individual now,” said Lightfoot, who started one place behind Olympic gold medallist and eight-time world champion Tora Berger.

“I will have a bit more training leading up to it and hopefully it will go really well. I am psyched actually; I can’t wait for another race.

“It didn’t really affect me [starting behind Berger], it was better that she was in front of me than behind me.

“Everyone is fully focussed at the start and it is just you and yourself getting ready to start the race.

“There is generally no conversation, a couple of good looks here and there but that is generally it.”

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