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Morton eyes top-50 finish in 10km biathlon

13 February 2006

Cameron Morton is aiming for a top 50 finish in the 10km biathlon sprint on the Cesana San Sicario course on 14 February (Day 4).

Morton, who finished 83rd in the 20km individual biathlon on the opening day of competition, believes his form is good enough to crack the top 50 for the first time in his career.

"I was good on the skis today,” Morton said after the 20km event.

“This was my first Olympic event, so I reckon I might be in there for a top show, maybe a top 50, in the sprint.”

Only one Australian has ever cracked the top 50 at the Olympic Games in the 10km sprint - Andrew Paul at the 1984 Sarajevo Games.

Morton’s best finish in the 10km distance was 66th at last year’s World Cup in Slovenia. The 31-year-old is a two-time Australian champion in the 10km, having taken the national title in 2003 and 2005.

France’s Raphael Poiree leads the World Cup rankings ahead of German trio Sven Fischer, Michael Greis and Michael Roesch.

Greis won gold in the 20km event while defending champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen from Norway, who took silver in the 20km, is also expected to feature in the medals.

Kevin Diggerson/AOC
Torino

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