Warren Potent

After relatively uninspiring performances at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, Warren Potent entered the shooting events at Beijing 2008 as a world-rated performer. The New South Welshman lived up to his rating in finishing third in the 50 metres small-bore rifle (prone position), behind Artur Ayvazian, of Ukraine, and the reigning Olympic champion, Matt Emmons of the United States. His medal was the first by an Australian in any Olympic rifle-shooting event. All other Olympic medals, by men and women, had been in shotgun or pistol events.

At fifty years of age, Potent competed at his fourth Olympic Games in London where he finished 32nd in the 50m rifle prone. 
In 1986, Potent, Don Brook (3-time Olympian) and Alan Smith (2-time Olympian) had combined to win the 50 metres rifle (prone) team world championship. Eighteen years later at the 2014 World Championships in Granada, Spain he won his first World Title at the age of 52, after also winning the Commonwealth Games a month earlier.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

50m Rifle Prone - Men
Qualification 98, 98, 99, 98, 98, 100 591 -25x 32
Final Placing 32 / 50

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

50m Rifle Prone - Men
Qualification 99, 99, 99, 99, 99, 100 595 4th
Final 10.3, 10.6, 10.6, 10.3, 10.4, 10.7, 10.5, 10.8, 10.6, 10.7 105.5 3rd  
Final Placing 3 / 56

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

50m Rifle Prone - Men
Qualification 586pts 42nd
Final Placing 42 / 46

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

50m Rifle Prone - Men
Qualifying 593pts 19th
Final DNQ
Final Placing 19 / 54