Bahrain's Azza Al Qassimi sets new Arab shooting record at Olympics
Bahraini shooter Azza Al Qassimi yesterday failed in her attempt to qualify for the final of the Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the London Olympics but her impressive performance did see her set a new Arab record.
A wildcard entrant to the games, Azza was a considered a rank outsider among the 46-strong international field gunning for only eight available places in yesterday afternoon's final.
The 27-year-old did not look at all out of place at London's Royal Artillery Barracks however, as she scored a distinguished total and new Arab record of 576, including 21 inner-tens, across the three positions.
The prone position proved her strongest as she posted scores of 98 in both of her rounds.
Azza was a model of consistency on her Olympic debut as she followed that up with marks of 95 in all four rounds for the standing position and the kneeling position, to finish with a highly-respectable average of 9.600.
Although ranked 33rd in the overall classification, Azza tied, along with three other rivals, for 31st position, while America's Jamie Lynn Gray topped the qualifying standings with a new Olympic record of 592.
Gray then went on to scale even greater heights in the final, as scored a magnificent 99.9 for a combined total score of 691.91 and a new world record.
Serbia's Ivana Maksimovic took silver, while Adela Sykorova claimed bronze.
For Azza, her own performance yesterday capped off a never-to-be-forgotten week at the London Olympics, which started with her having the honour of carrying the Bahraini flag during last Friday night's spectacular opening ceremony.