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Super shooting final format an exciting change for Rio

3 August 2016

SHOOTING: An exciting new format to events to in the shooting halls will bring new tension and drama to Olympic finals, according to leading participants.

In past Olympic finals, qualifying scores have carried over into the finals, now they are cast aside for a 'super' final, consisting of 20 shots.

But in another twist, not every competitor in the eight person final will get the full 20 shots, with the shooters with the lowest score after the first eight shots eliminated, with that process repeated every two shots until there are just two shooters remaining firing for gold.

50 metre prone Beijing bronze medallist Warren Potent believes it will increase excitement for shooters and spectators.

"An Olympic final is exciting enough but this is just a new layer," Potent said.

"I've shot under the new format a few times now and I happen to like it - it means if you get off to a shaky start in the final there's an opportunity to recover. 

Potent also believes another change to the scoring system, where the 10 target has been broken down into decimal place zones is a positive.

"When you consider we are trying to hit a target the size of an old one sent piece from the distance equivalent to an Olympic Swimming pool, to break that down means the best shooter on the day will win and that's all you can ask," he said.

Warren Potent competes in the men's 50 metre prone rifle on Friday 12 August.

Damian Kelly
olympics.com.au

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