Diamond misses out in men's trap medal

Chasing a third Olympic gold medal, Australian's Michael Diamond suffered heartbreak when he faltered, going from leader late in the final to losing a shoot-off for bronze on Monday.

The 40-year-old Diamond went into Monday's six-man final at the Royal Artillery Barracks as the top qualifier and holding a one-shot lead after setting an Olympic record with a perfect 125 points.

In the final - where shooters have just one shot to hit the clay targets, as opposed to two during the qualifying rounds - he led with just a handful of shots remaining before missing twice in succession and finishing on 145 out of 150.

It plummeted him into a sudden-death shoot-off for bronze with Kuwait's Fehaid Aldeehani.

The pair connected with their first three shots before Aldeehani hit with his fourth and Diamond missed to fall out of the medals and finish fourth.

Competing in his sixth Olympics, Diamond won gold in this event at Atlanta 1996 and added another gold on home soil in Sydney four years later.

Diamond's fourth place in the closing event of the shooting competition was Australia's best result after the team managed to make just two finals.

A sudden-death playoff was also required to decide the trap gold medal, with Croatian Giovanni Cernogoraz emerging victorious ahead of Italy's Massimo Fabbrizi after they tied on 146.

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