NZ rifle shooter Ryan Taylor fails to advance

MARK GEENTY IN LONDON
Last updated 22:22 03/08/2012

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New Zealand's Ryan Taylor has bowed out of the Olympic shooting competition, finishing 25th in the qualifying round for the 50m prone rifle competition at London's Royal Artillery Barracks today.

In breezy conditions, Taylor recorded a score of 592 from his 60 shots, which wasn't enough to make the top-eight qualifiers.

That cut-off was at 595, which was recorded by 12 competitors and required a shoot-off to decide the final eight.

World No 1 Sergei Martynov, of Belarus, shot a world record perfect score of 600, one of only two shooters in the 50-strong field to top 596.

Taylor made a strong start with rounds of 100, 99 and 99 to be inside the top-eight cut, but his fifth round was the costly one when he recorded 97 to slip off the pace.

Taylor booked a spot at his second Olympics via the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand after he was originally omitted.

New Zealand's one shooting quota spot was given to South Canterbury trap shooter Natalie Rooney but Taylor appealed, saying incorrect information about his qualifying scores had been forwarded by Shooting New Zealand to the NZOC.

Taylor had twice shot qualifying scores at World Cup events, his appeal was upheld and Rooney missed out.

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- Fairfax Media

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