Olympics Update: CSU Assistant Coach Finishes Fifth in Rifle Event
LONDON — Competing in her first event at the 2012 London Olympics, Columbus State University assistant rifle coach Jamie Gray finished in fifth place in the 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.
Gray was the highest American finisher, shooting an overall score of 499.7. Fellow American Sarah Scherer finished in seventh place with a score of 499.0.
In the qualification round, Gray fired rounds of 100, 99, 98 and 100 to finish with a 397 score and in a five-way tie for fifth place. With only the top eight shooters advancing to the finals, the final four spots were decided in a shoot-off.
Keeping her medal hopes alive, Gray shot a 51.5 to finish in second place in the shoot-off advancing her to the final round.
China's Siling Yi and Poland's Sylwia Bogacka led after the qualification round with 399s.
Gray started the final round a little shaky shooting, under 10 (perfect score in the finals was 10.9) in two out of her first three shots before rebounding in her final seven attempts.
However, Gray was unable to make up ground, finishing just 1.8 points shy from grabbing her first Olympic medal.
China's Yi grabbed her first career gold medal and also the first gold medal of the 2012 Olympic Games by shooting a 502.9.
Poland's Bogacka took home the silver with a score of 502.2 while China's Dan Yu received the bronze after shooting a 501.5.
In the 10-meter air rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Gray finished just off of the podium, placing fourth.
Gray will compete in the 50-meter three-position competition on Saturday, Aug. 4.