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Olympic debutant sleeps through alarm
By Jordan Chong
21:18 AEST Sat Jul 28 2012

Teenage shooter Alethea Sedgman thanked Australian teammate Lauryn Mark after nearly missing the start of her Olympics debut.

Sedgman was forced to make a mad dash to the bus from the athletes village on Saturday morning after sleeping through her alarm.

So instead of rising at five o'clock as planned to do some exercises in the gym, the 18-year-old had just 10 minutes to get on the official transport to the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Thankfully for Sedgman, her coach and her parents who had flown in from the Victorian town of Horsham to be in the stands cheering her on, she did get there to shoot in the women's 10m air rifle.

"The bus left at 6.25 and Lauryn Mark woke me up at 6.15 and she's like 'Alethea you are going to miss your bus get up'," Sedgman told reporters after the event.

"I slept straight through it. I woke up and then I fell back asleep so I was like 'idiot!'."

Although the Victorian said the less-than-ideal preparation had little to do with her performance, Sedgman said her score of 387 in the qualifying round was "about 10 points" below her best.

Sedgman, who won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games as a 16-year-old, said she was coming to London to shoot for experience.

"I wanted to shoot close to a PB (personal best) but I have to say I am pretty satisfied with how I did," Sedgman said.

"It wasn't amazing, but I managed to handle all of my nerves."

Australia's second competitor in the event, Robyn Van Nus, finished 45th with a score of 391.

Both players missed the eight-person final, where China's Yi Si Ling took out the first gold medal of the Olympics.

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