Shooting: Team GB's James Huckle and Jonathan Hammond miss out on 50m rifle final


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The Independent Online

British shooting duo James Huckle and Jonathan Hammond bowed out of the Olympics today after failing to make the final of the 50m rifle three positions.

Huckle, 21, from Essex, and 31-year-old Scot Hammond were unable to break into a strong top eight who will compete for the medals this afternoon.

Huckle went into qualifying with high hopes in what is his preferred event, having missed out in both the 10m air rifle and 50m prone earlier this week.

But his three-round total of 1162 left him ranked 25th.

Hammond started superbly with 395 in the prone, his strongest discipline, but his standing section let him down badly, scoring just 361 before finishing with 386 in the kneeling.

His late rally was not enough to prevent him finishing last of the 41 competitors.

Niccolo Campriani of Italy topped the rankings with a score of 1180, a new Olympic record, while America's Matt Emmons, who famously missed out on gold with his final shot at the last two Olympics, qualified in second.