Australia’s shooting team has endured a disappointing day at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games venue at Deodoro.
Natalie Smith was aiming for a top three finish in the 50m rifle three position but finished eighth in the final.
“It was a very challenging match and I just lost my accuracy and too many unexplained bullets there,” Smith said of her performance.
“To go out in eighth is one of my worst results so definitely not what I was hoping for.”
She admitted there were some concerns with her equipment.
“My rifle was making a few funny sounds and a lot of the shots looked good but just didn’t end up where they should’ve gone,” Smith said.
“My gun broke yesterday and we did the best we could to fix it.”
Smith finished with a score of 389.5 with China’s Cuiping Zhang claiming gold with 455.4 points, Slovakia’s Veronika Vadovicova the silver on 449.4 and Korea’s Yunri Lee 437.8 took the bronze.
It was also a tough day in the men’s mixed 10m air rifle prone for Australia’s Brad Mark and Luke Cain.
Cain nominated his performance in finishing 33rd in qualifying as “terrible”.
“I’ve been sick this week and that started to mess with my head and I shot poorly because of it,” he said.
Mark finished 29th and also was disappointed with his result.
“You know you go in with the highest expectations and sometimes the river is just flowing a different way to you and you can’t fight against it,” he said.
“So a bit disappointing but at the same time what a wonderful experience .”