Huckle has eyes on prone

Huckle has eyes on prone after Olympic air rifle exit
By Eurosport

31/07/2012 at 05:52Updated 31/07/2012 at 05:57

Great Britain shooter James Huckle believes his first event at the London 2012 Olympics will give him perfect preparation for his preferred event.

The 21-year-old is the British 50 metre three positions record holder, but missed out on qualifying for the 10m air rifle final at the Royal Artillery Barracks – scoring 593 out of 600.

But Huckle accepts that the 10m air rifle was a bonus event and the experience should put him in good stead when his first real test will come.

“Without a doubt I tried my best but I would have liked more – I think everyone would have,” said Huckle, who shot 99, 98, 100, 100, 98, 98 for an overall 24th-place finish.

“I lost it a little bit towards the end but it’s my first event of three I’ll be shooting here so hopefully I can just take this experience into my other events.

“Three positions is the event I actually qualified for so in a way this is just an extra event – it’s been great to start off, get the experience and the feel for how the events are going to go.

“It stands me in good stead for my three positions.”

Huckle, who is also competing in the 50m prone, admitted he found the experience of a supporting crowd an odd one.

Shooting events in the regular season don’t usually attract large – or any – crowds, and he felt it brought pressure, which he viewed as a positive.

“It’s crazy having a crowd behind you clapping after every shot, or even clapping at all,” said Huckle, who won four medals, two bronze and two silver, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“At most internationals you can almost hear a pin drop so it’s great knowing that most of them will be supporting you. Although it does add pressure, it’s great for motivation and support.”