Olympics: Jayson Valdez misses target cut in 10m air rifle shooting event

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FILE PHOTO: Philippines' Jayson Valdez in action 28th SEA Games on June 9, 2015 at the National Shooting Center in Singapore. (Photo: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: Philippines' Jayson Valdez in action 28th SEA Games on June 9, 2015 at the National Shooting Center in Singapore. (Photo: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters)

Filipino shooter Jayson Valdez is out of the medal race after missing the target cut in the men's 10m air rifle shooting competition of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the Asaka Shooting Range on Sunday (July 25).  

Valdez concluded his campaign with a total of 612.6 points as he failed to reach the top eight of the event, where he ranked 44th out of 47 competitors.  

The second-generation athlete figured in a slow start before building momentum in the second half of his performance. Still, despite the late surge, he fell 16.6 points short of eight placer Lihao Sheng of China (692.2). 

Valdez, the first Filipino shooter to compete in the Olympics since Paul Brian Rosario in 2012, is the second Philippine team member to crash out of medal contention following rower Cris Nievarez earlier in the day.  

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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