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Shooting at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Markopoulo Olympic Shooting Centre, Markopoulo
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 20, 2004

Gold: USA Matt Emmons
Silver: GER Christian Lusch
Bronze: BLR Sergey Martynov

Summary

American Matt Emmons was the 2002 World Champion and was the favorite. In April 2004 he discovered that his small-bore rifle had been sabotaged by somebody with a screwdriver. Borrowing a gun from his training partner, Amber Darland, he used that gun to win gold in this event in Athina. Belarusian Sergey Martnov placed third, repeating his bronze medal finish from Sydney. Two days after this event, going for a historical prone/3-position double, Emmons was leading the small-bore three positions event going into the last shot of the final when he cross-fired, hitting the wrong target, and dropped to last place among the finalists. After that event, Czech rifle shooter Kateřina Kůrková came over to console Emmons. They eventually fell in love and married in the Czech Republic in June 2007.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TP
1 Matt Emmons 23 United States USA Gold 703.3
2 Christian Lusch 23 Germany GER Silver 702.2
3 Sergey Martynov 36 Belarus BLR Bronze 701.6
4 Jozef Gönci 30 Slovakia SVK 700.5
5 Marco De Nicolo 27 Italy ITA 699.7
6 Maik Eckhardt 34 Germany GER 697.6
7 Michael Babb 40 Great Britain GBR 696.8
8 Jia Zhanbo 30 China CHN 696.6
9T Artur Aivazian 31 Ukraine UKR 594
9T Marcel Bürge 32 Switzerland SUI 594
9T Rajmond Debevec 41 Slovenia SLO 594
9T Torben Grimmel 28 Denmark DEN 594
9T Juha Hirvi 44 Finland FIN 594
9T Artyom Khadzhibekov 34 Russia RUS 594
9T Igor Pirekeyev 33 Turkmenistan TKM 594
16T Václav Bečvář 47 Czech Republic CZE 592
16T Espen Berg-Knutsen 34 Norway NOR 592
16T Mario Knögler 25 Austria AUT 592
16T Sergey Kovalenko 34 Russia RUS 592
16T Timothy Lowndes 24 Australia AUS 592
16T Guy Starik 39 Israel ISR 592
16T Harald Stenvaag 51 Norway NOR 592
16T Wolfram Waibel, Jr. 34 Austria AUT 592
24T Mike Anti 40 United States USA 591
24T Aleksandr Babchenko 32 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 591
24T Tomáš Jeřábek 31 Czech Republic CZE 591
24T Park Bong-Deok 30 South Korea KOR 591
24T Yury Shcherbatsevich 20 Belarus BLR 591
24T Péter Sidi 25 Hungary HUN 591
24T Vyacheslav Skoromnov 30 Uzbekistan UZB 591
24T Masaru Yanagida 34 Japan JPN 591
32T Jonas Edman 37 Sweden SWE 590
32T Roger Hansson 34 Sweden SWE 590
32T Yuriy Sukhorukov 36 Ukraine UKR 590
32T Yao Ye 31 China CHN 590
36T Evangelos Liogris 30 Greece GRE 589
36T Tevarit Majchacheeap 29 Thailand THA 589
36T Ryan Taylor 24 New Zealand NZL 589
39 Martin Senore 36 South Africa RSA 588
40T Pablo Álvarez 26 Argentina ARG 587
40T Dick Boschman 29 Netherlands NED 587
42T Stevan Pletikosić 32 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 586
42T Warren Potent 42 Australia AUS 586
44 Nedžad Fazlija 36 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 585
45 Ángel Velarte 33 Argentina ARG 584
46 Reinier Estpinan 21 Cuba CUB 581