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Shooting at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, London
Date Started: August 6, 2012
Date Finished: August 6, 2012

Gold: ITA Niccolò Campriani
Silver: KOR Kim Jong-Hyeon
Bronze: USA Matt Emmons

Summary

Italy’s Niccolò Campriani came into London ranked #1 in the world in this event and in the air rifle, and he had already won a silver in the air rifle prior to this event. He left no doubt in this event as to his status, scoring 1,180 points in the qualifier for an Olympic record and a huge margin of eight points over American Matt Emmons. In the final Campriani was steady, eventually winning the gold medal by 6.0 points over Korean Kim Jong-Hyeon.

But once again the drama on the final shot came to Emmons. In both 2004 and 2008, Emmons had come into the last shot of the final as the leader. In Athens he cross-fired, shooting at the wrong target, and scored a 0.0 for the shot, dropping him off the podium as he finished last among the finalists. In Beijing he again led on the final shot, but his finger slipped on the trigger and he scored only 4.4 points, again dropping him to fourth and out of the medals. In London Emmons shot wonderfully for nine shots of the final, with easily the best final round, but his final shot was only a 7.6, and Kim fired a 10.4 to move up to silver. Emmons did hold on this time to win the bronze medal. This was his third Olympic medal, as he had won two in the English match (small-bore prone) with a gold in 2004 and a silver in 2008.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Niccolò Campriani 24 Italy ITA Gold 1278.5
2 Kim Jong-Hyeon 27 South Korea KOR Silver 1272.5
3 Matt Emmons 31 United States USA Bronze 1271.3
4 Cyril Graff 31 France FRA 1271.0
5 Zhu Qinan 27 China CHN 1270.2
6 Péter Sidi 33 Hungary HUN 1269.0
7 Ole-Kristian Bryhn 23 Norway NOR 1267.8
8 Yury Shcherbatsevich 28 Belarus BLR 1267.3
9 Han Jin-Seop 30 South Korea KOR 1168
10 Artur Aivazian 39 Ukraine UKR 1168
11 Marcel Bürge 40 Switzerland SUI 1168
12 Thomas Farnik 45 Austria AUT 1167
13 Valerian Sauveplane 32 France FRA 1167
14 Serhiy Kulish 19 Ukraine UKR 1166
15 Marco De Nicolo 35 Italy ITA 1165
16 Artyom Khadzhibekov 42 Russia RUS 1165
17 Vitaly Bubnovich 37 Belarus BLR 1164
18 Denis Sokolov 29 Russia RUS 1164
19 Simon Beyeler 30 Switzerland SUI 1164
20 Gagan Narang 29 India IND 1164
21 Maik Eckhardt 42 Germany GER 1163
22 Are Hansen 30 Norway NOR 1163
23 Nemanja Mirosavljev 42 Serbia SRB 1162
24 Anton Rizov 24 Bulgaria BUL 1162
25 James Huckle 21 Great Britain GBR 1162
26 Sanjeev Rajput 31 India IND 1161
27 Rajmond Debevec 49 Slovenia SLO 1161
28 Peter Hellenbrand 26 Netherlands NED 1160
29 Lan Xing 21 China CHN 1159
30 Jason Parker 38 United States USA 1159
31 Jozef Gönci 38 Slovakia SVK 1157
32 Daniel Brodmeier 24 Germany GER 1156
33 Nyantayn Bayaraa 20 Mongolia MGL 1154
34 Václav Haman 26 Czech Republic CZE 1153
35 Bojan Đurković 22 Croatia CRO 1152
36 Javier López 23 Spain ESP 1151
37 Dane Sampson 25 Australia AUS 1151
38 Nedžad Fazlija 44 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 1149
39 Midori Yajima 33 Japan JPN 1148
40 Ruslan Ismailov 25 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 1146
41 Jonathan Hammond 31 Great Britain GBR 1142