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Davis ends 15th in men’s double trap at Games

By Mark Etheridge in London

He gave it his best shot but Alistair Davis came up short in the men’s double-trap event at the London Olympics on Thursday.

One of three triplets, Davis was shooting for South African in the shotgun event which sees competitors having to shoot three rounds of qualifying. They shoot at twin airborne targets at a time.

Each round sees two targets being released simultaneously for 25 times. A perfect score is 50 for each round and the perfect total would be 150.

Only the top six go through to the final and Davis ended 15th.

He shot a score of 132, made up of rounds of 43, 43 and 46. Top qualifier was Peter Wilson with 143 while the sixth and last qualifier shot 137 on a day that saw sunshine, wind and rain alternating at the Royal Artillery Barracks near Woolwich Arsensal.

Said 19-year-old Davis afterwards. “If you’d asked me if I was happy with a 132 I’d say yes and no. Yes because it’s at the Olympics which is really tough but no because I would have liked to do better.

“The first round was a bit windy. I didn’t mind the rain but the worse thing is when the clouds are going overhead and then the light conditions shift which makes it difficult and you have to switch sunglasses.”

Shooting with an Italian custom-made Beretta shotgun that costs in the region of R50,000, Pretoria’s Davis told Road to London 2012 he hadn’t been paticularly nervous.

“No not really but the thing was that I battled to get into my zone mentally. I’m glad that I shot my best round last because at least I was improving.”

Davis shot his best score of 141 earlier this year, a 141 effort in Italy.