A DISAPPOINTING second round in the women's double trap at the Australian Clay Target Association National Championships has not harmed Suzy Balogh's chances of Olympic team selection.
Balogh completed the three double trap rounds on Sunday and was running second after the first round but a poor second round of 92 out of 120 let the Orange shooter down.
"I didn't handle it very well," Balogh said.
"It was very hot. I had to have an off-day somewhere and I had a very off day," she laughed.
"I shot a good final though but then I went in a miss-and-out shoot off with Sophia Psarakis. I missed my first pair out. But I climbed up from sixth place to fifth place which I was pretty happy with after a dismal day."
In the third and final day (Sunday) Balogh shot another 92 but went into the final in third place.
"It was really windy yesterday (Sunday) and the men's scores dropped dramatically," Balogh said. "The wind really affected the double trap heaps but not so much the Olympic trap."
The National Championships were the first of a two-competition selection process for the Olympic team and Balogh is placed well going into the second competition.
She leads the women's Olympic trap by 22 points and is second behind Susie Trindall in the women's double trap by 29 points.
The next part of the selection process will be the Australia Cup from February 9 to 13 for Balogh and she will have a particular focus leading up to it.
"I actually won't be practicing any doubles between now and the next elimination purely because I will be focusing on the (Olympic) trap," she explained.
"If I make the trap team then I get to shoot both at the Olympics so I think I'll just focus on the trap, hedge my bets a bit better."
The program for the Australia Cup will be reversed so Balogh will start with double trap for two days, a day's practice and then Olympic trap for two days.
Balogh will aim to win both rounds at the Australia Cup so she can be awarded the high gun points and hopefully create a sizeable lead earning her selection.
Should Balogh earn Olympic team selection her training schedule will become much more hectic.
"If I make the team it might mean some major life changes for me just to try and meet the training schedules that they put on us and the competitions," Balogh said.
"We've got the Australian Cup which is that second week in February and then starting the last week in February and running through to the first week in March is a World Cup in Sydney, a full event.
"Then late April is a World Cup in Athens, a preliminary event and then May we've got one or two weeks in Darwin at a training camp.
"Then in July we've got two weeks in Darwin just before we go away for the month for the Olympics."