Malfunctions undermine Pitt’s finals aspirations

Bundaberg’s Chris Pitt bowed out of the Tokyo Paralympic Games Para Shooting competition when placed 25th in the P3 Mixed 25m Pistol event today.

Pitt was left to lament two pistol malfunctions with each registering him a zero score during the initial Precision Stage of the event.

After shooting a competitive score of 94 out of a possible 100 points in the first of three Precision Stages, the malfunctions in the second and third Precision Stages series cost him dearly resulting in scores of 81 and 84.

Pitt was able to put behind his disappointment during the three Rapid Fire stages to peel off strong scores of 93, 95 and 95 to finish his Games on a positive note.

The preparation of the three member Para Shooting team was difficult because of the lack of international competition following international and national travel restrictions, but Pitt’s journey was even more difficult after undergoing major surgery and radiation therapy for tongue cancer late last year.

Australia’s last remaining Para Shooting athlete is Perth’s Anton Zappelli who will contest the R6 Mixed 50m Rifle Prone event on Sunday.

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