Olympian Jonathan Hammond is the sole British representative at this week’s pistol and rifle World Cup in Changwon.
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Hammond’s last appearance in the Korean city was in 2011, taking 13th place in the 50m Rifle Prone event. This time last year, the action was in Maribor, Slovenia, where he upped his level to take 11th place, a result he repeated at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. However, it was generally a poor year up until that point.
A two-time Olympian, Hammond led his country in London 2012 and posted a competitive score of 593 in qualification. However, since becoming a junior World Champion in Barcelona 1998, 34-year old Hammond has failed to really kick on and his best major result was fourth place in the European Championships in Granada 2007, and only 29th on the World Championship stage.
Although Hammond is partial to the 50m Rifle 3 Positions event, he is sticking to Prone this week and will be hoping to kick off qualification for Rio 2016 in style. Elimination for the competition begins at 12pm local time on Saturday 11th, with qualification the following day.