Olympic 50m 3 Position Rifle

London 2012 U.S. Competitors: Jamie Gray,Amanda Furrer, Matt Emmons, Jason Parker

London 2012 Competition Dates: Women, 8/4 (finals at 7:45 a.m. Eastern); Men, 8/6 (finals at 8:45 Eastern)


Men: Rifles chambered to .22 Long Rifle not to exceed 8 kg, including all accessories; thumbhole stocks, thumb rests, heel rest and spirit levels permitted. Palm rests are permitted in the standing position. Anschutz is the leading make, with some boutique guns also found on the line.

Women: Rifles chambered to .22 Long Rifle not to exceed 6.5 kg, including all accessories; thumbhole stocks, thumb rests, heel rest and spirit levels permitted. Palm rests are permitted in the standing position. Anschutz is the leading make, with some boutique guns also found on the line

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 inch); 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: Men: 40 shots each from prone (45 minutes), standing (1 hour, 15 minutes) and kneeling (1 hour) positions--in that order. Times assume electronic scoring.

Women: 20 shots each from prone, standing and kneeling positions — in that order — in 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Finals: The top eight shooters fire a 10-shot final from the standing position, 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

  • Men: Gold — Jian Qiu, China; Silver — Yurly Sukhorukov, Ukraine; Bronze — Rajmond Debevec, Slovenia
  • Women: Gold — Li Du, China; Silver — Katerina Emmons, Czech Republic; Bronze — Eglis Yaima Cruz, Cuba

Past U.S. Medalists


  • Mike Anti, silver, Athens 2004
  • Robert Foth, silver, 1992
  • Lanny Bassham, gold, Montreal 1976
  • John Writer, gold, Munich 1972; silver, Mexico City 1968
  • Lanny Bassham, gold, Montreal 1976; silver, Munich 1972
  • Lones Wigger, gold, Tokyo 1964


  • Launi Meili, Barcelona 1992
  • Wanda Jewell, bronze, Los Angeles 1984
  • Margaret Murdoch, silver, Montreal 1976 (competed on equal footing with men, the last time that was done in international competition, and tied for first with Bassham but lost on tie-breaker)

Men's Olympic record: 1,177/1,200, Rajmond Debevec, Slovenia, Sydney 2000

'¢ with finals: 1,275.1 (1,177+98.1), Rajmond Debevec, Slovenia, Sydney 2000

Men's world record: 1,186/1,200, Rajmond Debevec, Slovenia, 1992

'¢ with finals: 1,287.9 (1,186+101.9), Rajmond Debevec, Slovenia, 1992

Women's Olympic record: 589/600, Renata Mauer, Poland, Atlanta 1996

'¢ with finals: 690.3 (589+101.3), Li Du, China, Beijing 2008

Women's world record: (tie, 594) Sonja Pfeilschifter, Germany, 2006; Li Du, China, 2012

'¢ with finals: 698 (594+104.0), Sonja Pfeilschifter, Germany, 2006

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