Gregory Hills skeet shooter one competition away from Olympics

On target: Gregory Hills skeet shooter Josh Bell is only one competition away from making his potential debut at the 2020 Olympic Games.
On target: Gregory Hills skeet shooter Josh Bell is only one competition away from making his potential debut at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Josh Bell is one competition away from a maiden Olympic berth.

The Gregory Hills resident is sitting in second place in the Australia men's skeet shooting rankings with just one event remaining to secure his spot.

The athlete is looking forward to the final tournament - to be held at Sydney International Shooting Centre at Cecil Park on March 22 - where he will find out whether or not he's heading to Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

"I'm definitely in the running," Bell said.

"This is the closest I've ever been to the Olympics.

"It's a pretty tight competition at the moment, so the rankings could shuffle around a lot in just one tournament."

The 24-year-old is on 357 points heading into the final qualifier, just 11 points behind discipline leader Paul Adams.

Only the top-ranked shooter will qualify for the Olympics.

"It's a pretty cut-throat discipline, some of the other shooting disciplines have more spots, but skeet only has the one," Bell said.

"But it's reassuring to know that I'm sitting up there near the top.

"It's too close to guarantee anything at the moment, but I've just got to focus on my own performance."

Bell said he wouldn't be putting in any extra training or overdoing practice in the lead-up to the Cecil Park competition.

He prefers to go in fresh and try and keep his performance consistent.

"I think that's been my biggest strength in the qualifiers," Bell said.

"I've probably been the most consistent across the board.

"I don't like to ramp up my training beforehand, because there's really no substitute for the game atmosphere, you can't replicate those kind of conditions in training."

The construction manager can't wait to shoot later in the month, and will have friends and family cheering him on at Cecil Park.

He said the event was open to everyone and encouraged locals to come and watch the qualifier.

"The more recognition the sport can get, the better," he said.

"The more the merrier."

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