CSU Assistant Rifle Coach Breaks Olympic Record, Wins Gold

Jamie Gray wins gold medalLONDON — Columbus State University assistant rifle coach Jamie Gray broke the Olympic record in the 50 meter air rifle three-position event shooting a 691.9 to capture the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics Saturday morning.

It is the first medal in Gray's shooting career in her fourth Olympic event. She also becomes the first medal winner associated with Columbus State.

After posting a 592 score (out of a possible 600 points) in the qualification round, Gray held a two point lead entering the medal round over Serbia's Ivana Maksimovic. 

In the finals, the two shooters exchanged blows as Gray shot a 10.5 with her first shot (perfect score 10.9) while Maksimovic posted a score of 9.3. However, the roles reversed on the second shot as the Serb shot a 10.3 besting Gray's 9.2 score.

Both shooters posted over 10 points on the third shot keeping the score tight. As she did all day, Gray continued to impress shooting a 10.1 and a 9.6 in shots four and five respectively, to increase her lead to 3.1 points over Maksimovic at the midway point of the finals.   more >>