It’s one of the most head-scratching blunders made by a sportsperson in the middle of competition – a rifle shooter taking aim at the wrong target.

But that’s exactly what happened to Ukrainian shooter Serhiy Kulish as he competed in the 50m Rifle 3-Position men’s final at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.

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And Kulish is no novice – the world No. 2 won silver in the 10m air rifle event at Rio and was well-placed in fourth position at Tokyo when he made the unbelievable blunder.

He fired at an opponent’s target, an immediate zero-point debacle which later contributed to his elimination.

“I am not happy,” the frustrated shooter fumed after the event.

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“Who shoots someone else’s target? Only people like me.”

Serhiy Kulish of Team Ukraine (at left, in white visor), lost concentration and shot at the wrong target.
Serhiy Kulish of Team Ukraine (at left, in white visor), lost concentration and shot at the wrong target. Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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Kulish, 28, said a wardrobe malfunction had distracted him, causing him to lose concentration.

“The button on my jacket came undone and I felt some discomfort but time passed and I had to make a shot, so I didn’t notice I was aiming at someone else’s target,” he said.

China’s Zhang Changhong won gold, Sergey Kamenskiy of the Russian Olympic Committee took out silver, and Milenko Sebic from Serbia won the bronze.

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‘Who shoots someone else’s target? Only people like me.’

Kulish said it was difficult for shooters to train in Ukraine because of inadequate facilities.

“We have to go abroad to train and that is a problem,” he said.

“For now, there is no solution I have a shooting range in my city, but it only has five targets so it is impossible to hold competitions there.

“There is no place to hold competitions (or) grow new athletes and that is a problem.”

Ukrainian shooter Serhiy Kulish fires at the WRONG TARGET during Tokyo 2020 Olympics rifle competition
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