Olympic bronze medallist and 2014 World Champion Warren Potent will make his fifth straight appearance at an Olympic Games in Rio having first taken up the sport as a 16-year-old in 1978. The rifle shooter competed at his first National Championships in 1980 and went on to win the 50m prone teams event at the 1986 World Championships in East Germany.
After just missing out on selection for the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, and then taking a break from 1990-97, Potent made his debut Olympic appearance just down the road from where he grew up in Sydney’s west. He finished 19th in the 50m prone event before claiming 42nd four years later at the Athens 2004 Games.
Heading into the Beijing 2008 Games Potent equalled the world record mark of 704.8 across elimination and final rounds to highlight his credentials as a medal contender and shooting his third Games Potent didn’t disappoint. He shot a qualification score of 595, four points off the lead, before shooting the highest score in the final to move from fourth to third to claim the bronze medal.
A silver and bronze medal followed in the 50m prone individual and pairs event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the same year he again shot a perfect 600 qualification score. Potent went on to compete at his fourth Games in London but couldn’t match his Beijing heroics finishing 32nd in 2012.
Potent became Australia’s FIRST rifle shooting world champion in 2014 when he claimed victory in Granada, Spain. The result saw him secure Australia’s first quota in the sport for the Rio Olympics before strong performances in the selection events ensured he would again wear the green and gold on the Olympic stage. A silver medal at the World Cup event in Bangkok in early 2016 proves he still has the form to stand on another Olympic podium.
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50m Rifle Prone Men
Parramatta, NSW, Australia
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- 2012 London - 32nd (50m prone) 2008 Beijing - 3rd (50m prone) 2004 Athens - 42nd (50m prone) 2000 Sydney - 19th (50m prone)
- 2nd (50m) - 2016 ISSF World Cup (Rio, Brazil)
- 2nd (50m) - 2016 ISSF World Cup (Bangkok, Thailand)
- 1st (50m) – 2016 Australia Cup 2 (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (50m) – 2016 Australia Cup 1 (Sydney, Australia)
- 4th (50m) – 2016 ISSF World Cup Final (Munich, Germany)
- Winning the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
- Winning the 2014 World Championships in Spain
- Winning Commonwealth Games gold in 2014.
- Hill Top Primary School (NSW, Australia)
- Greystanes High School (NSW, Australia)
- Production Engineering - Granville TAFE (1979 - 1983)
Petr Kurka (2009 - current)
Legion, NSW Australia
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Dream car
- Aston Martin
- Personal Motto
- Have a go
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- My wife
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Tennis, if I was younger!
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Too many to list!
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching Shane Gould on TV competing at the 1972 Olympics.
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Ken Asquith in my sport. My wife in my life.
- Why this sport?
- After trying a lot of sports, I found I was OK at shooting.