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Willett misfires as independent wins gold

Associated Press Associated Press 10/08/2016 By Roje Adaimy

Fehaid Al Deehani, competing as an independent in Rio, has captured gold in the men's double trap with Australian shooter James Willett missing out on a medal.

With Kuwait suspended, Al Deehani is competing under the IOC flag.

He beat Italy's Marco Innocenti in the final in wet and windy conditions.

By doing so, the 49-year-old and six-time Olympian equals Australian Russell Mark's record of two medals in the event having claimed bronze at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Al Deehani, an officer in the Kuwait army, raised his arms in triumph after hitting the final two targets, then turned and pounded his chest at the crowd.

Great Britain's Steven Scott took home the bronze.

It was a less-than-celebratory affair for Willett, who was favoured to win a medal.

He finished fifth after losing a shoot-off for a spot in the bronze medal match against two Brits.

The 20-year-old entered the semi-finals as the equal-best qualifier and world No.1.

He set a joint Olympic record of 140 from 150 targets, including two perfect rounds of 30 - a feat no-one else managed.

"I was pretty happy with my first Olympics at 20 years old," Willett said.

"I missed out on the medals but I'll take it home and work on it for Tokyo."

Willett, from country Victoria, said the conditions were tough but they weren't to blame.

"Just me," he added.

"There was a lot more pressure here than at any other competition I've been too.

"I still haven't been competing for two years in this event, so it gives me a lot confidence going into Tokyo (in 2020) and throughout the next four years."

Earlier in the day, Daniel Repacholi finished 28th in the men's 50m pistol.

It was his second and last event of the Games, following his 44th in the 10m air pistol.

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