Olympic 50 Meter Prone


London 2012 U.S. Competitors: Eric Uptagrafft, Michael McPhail

London 2012 Competition Date: 8/3; finals at 7 a.m. Eastern

Rifle: Rifles chambered to .22 Long Rifle not to exceed 8 kg; thumbhole stocks, thumb rests, heel rest and spirit levels permitted. Anschutz is the leading make.

Range: 50 meters


Scoring: Target is 154.4mm (6.08 inches) wide, with scoring rings 1-10. Black portion (rings 3.5 to 10) is 112.4mm. The 10-ring is 10.4mm (0.41 inches); inner-10-ring is 5mm. In finals competition, scoring rings are divided into tenths. Maximum is 10.9 for a center-shot 10.

Course of fire: 60 shots prone in 1 hour, 15 minutes (assuming electronic scoring is used). Finals: The top eight shooters fire a 10-shot final, one shot at a time, with a time limit of 75 seconds for each. Scores are announced and final tallies updated after each shot.

Beijing 2008 Medalists


  • Gold–Artur Aivazian, Ukraine; Silver–Matt Emmons, United States; Warren Potent, Australia

Past U.S. Medalists

  • Matt Emmons, silver, Beijing 2008
  • Matt Emmons, gold, Athens 2004
  • Ed Etzel, gold, Los Angeles 1984
  • Victor Auer, silver, Munich 1972
  • Lones Wigger, silver, Tokyo 1964
  • Tommy Pool, bronze, Tokyo 1964
  • Arthur Jackson, bronze, Helsinki 1952
  • Arthur Cook, gold, London 1948
  • Walter Tomsen, silver, London 1948

Olympic record: 600/600, Christian Klees, Germany, Atlanta 1996

• with finals: 704.8 (600+104.8), Christian Klees, Germany, Atlanta 1996

World record: 600/600, 13 tied

• with finals: (tie) 704.8—Christian Klees, Germany, Atlanta 1996 (600+104.8); Warren Potent, Australia, Beijing 2011 (599+105.8)

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