Tokyo-bound Sampson sets Aust rifle record

Tokyo-bound shooter Dane Sampson has broken his own national record for the 50m rifle event.

Shooter Dane Sampson has struck career-best form as he builds towards a third Olympics, setting a national record while winning the 50m rifle event at the South Australia championships.

Sampson registered a score of 462 points to claim gold in the three positions event.

The performance bettered Sampson's own national record of 460.7 points, which he achieved at last month's Wingfield grand prix.

The score was also notably higher than what Italy's Niccolo Campriani (458.8) and Poland's Tomasz Bartnik (460.4) produced to win gold at the 2016 Olympics and 2018 world championships respectively.

"It's good to be shooting PBs at this stage. It was a world-class finals score," Sampson said, having previously competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

"You are unlikely to lose many competitions with that score.

"I definitely feel that I am getting better and better and I am tracking well for Tokyo."

Sampson and other members of Australia's shooting team for the 2021 Olympics are set to come together for a pre-Games camp on July 4-19.

The camp is intended to mimic the biosecurity bubble and strict protocols that await in Tokyo.