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Shooter Barton eyes another Games
16:26 AEST Sun Oct 30 2011

NSW shooter Clive Barton has moved a step closer to competing at his second Olympic Games after a brilliant performance in the men's skeet at the Australia Cup Final in Sydney.

Barton, whose only other Olympic appearance came 11 years ago in Sydney, shot a qualifying score of 121, before hitting 24 targets in the 25 target final to win by four from Victoria's James Bolding.

Barton's total of 121 earned him a performance qualifying score (PQS), which is crucial to the selection of the team for London 2012.

Barton will lead Australia's charge in the men's skeet at the Oceania Championships beginning next month in Sydney, where the team will have the chance to secure two quotas for London in the men's skeet.

"I'm really happy to get the PQS today and it is a great feeling to get it out of the way," Barton said.

"Hopefully we can go to Oceania and knock off the New Zealanders and get the two quota places but we will have to be on our game.

Victoria's Adam Vella continued his stranglehold on the men's trap, adding the Australia Cup Final title to his three Australia Cup Series wins this year.

In other results, 17-year-old 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alethea Sedgman (VIC) won the women's 10m air rifle.

Australian No.1 Robyn Van Nus (WA) was forced to withdraw after only nine of her 40 shots due to a back injury, but is expected to fully recover in time for the Oceania Championships.

Chloe Esposito (NSW) continued her excellent form, recording a 15-point personal best in setting the best qualifying score (575 out of 600) in the women's sport pistol.

Australia will have the chance to win 15 additional quotas across the rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines for the 2012 Olympics at the Oceania Championships.

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