Cessnock shooter's slow Olympic start

Cessnock shooter Daniel Repacholi is adamant he can win a medal in his favoured 50m pistol event at the Olympic Games despite admitting he "clammed up" in his first event in London on Saturday.

The truck driver from the Hunter finished 28th and scored 575 from a possible 600 in the 10m air pistol competition.

It wasn't the ideal start to his third Olympic campaign.

But while he said he was nervous and couldn't explain his slow start and poor finish, the 30-year-old has set his sights on medal glory on August 5.

He is yet to make a final in all of his five Olympic events since debuting in Athens in 2004.

And despite his early struggles, he has no doubt he can make the final and make a charge for the podium.

"Shit yeah," Repacholi said when asked if he thought he could make the final in the 50m event.

"In the last round [of the 10m air pistol] I made a mistake on most shots and I'm not happy with that.

"It's not good enough, I clammed up at the end.

"I can shoot the scores to medal in [the 50m pistol ... of course the goal is a medal, it's a confidence thing and I'm pretty confident in that event."

At 202cm and 128kg, Repacholi makes his opponents look like dwarfs on the range.

He will have a week to regroup after struggling in the opening event.

But he wasn't phased by having to wait in the athletes village to get his redemption.

The shooter from Cessnock Pistol Club finished 40th in the 50m air pistol in 2004 and 23rd in the same event in Beijing four years ago.

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