JO-2020: 'Big disappointment' after Eric Delaunay takes fifth in skeet

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Tokyo (AFP)

The French shooter suffered a “big frustration” with shooting with fifth-placed Eric Delaunay in Monday’s Olympic skeet event at the Tokyo Olympics as he dominated qualifying.

This is the third day in a row that the Blues have missed the final podium after the women’s 10m rifle and 10m pistol.

However, 33-year-old Norman finished first in the preliminary stage by destroying 124 clay trays out of 125, beating the Olympic qualifying record, so far by 123 points.

“Forcément je suis déçu après une très belle qualification et il va me falloir du temps pour analyser ce qui s’est passé en finale”, commented Delaunay, qui a été parmi les premiers à rater un tir en finale (5 sur 30). sum).

“I’ve achieved a lot of finals in my career but few medals, so we will have to work on that,” added the Frenchman, who is seventh in the Rio Olympics.

He admitted: “I am very happy that I achieved my first Olympic final but it is not enough, I did not get fifth place.”

Delaunay found himself “running behind, rather than having a stranglehold and putting pressure” on his rivals, analyzed Gilles Muller, DTN of the French Shooting Federation.

“It’s very frustrating when our roster heads aren’t so far away but they don’t check,” he admitted.

American Vincent Hancock was crowned Olympic champion, having lost just one shot out of a total of 60 in the final.

The French shooting team has yet to say its last word, with other hopes of running in the coming days, such as Mathilde Lamoul with a 25-meter pistol, or Jean Kouekambwex with a speed pistol.

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