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Olympic Air Rifle

Olympic Air Rifle
Feinwerkbau 700

London 2012 U.S. Competitors: Jamie Gray, Sarah Scherer, Matt Emmons, Jonathan Hall

London 2012 competition dates: Women, 7/28 (finals at 6 a.m. Eastern); Men, 7/30 (finals at 7:15 a.m. Eastern)

Rifle: .177 caliber air rifle not to exceed 5.5 kg; no thumbhole stocks, thumb rests, palm rests, heel rests or spirit levels. Feinwerkbau is the No. 1 rifle you'll see on the line, along with Anschutzes and a few others.

Range: 10 meters

Scoring: Target is 45.5mm (1.79 inches) wide with scoring rings 1 to 10. Black portion containing rings 4 to 10 is 30.5mm. 10-ring is a white dot measuring 0.5mm (0.02 inches). In finals competition, scoring rings are divided into tenths, with an exact center 10 scoring 10.9.

Course of fire

Men: 60 shots standing in 1 hour, 45 minutes

Women: 40 shots standing in 1 hour 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–Abhinav Bindra, India; Silver–Zhu Qinan, China; Bronze–Henri Hakkinen, Finland
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  • Women: Gold–Katerina Emmons, Czech Republic; Silver–Lioubov Galkina, Russia; Bronze–Snjezana Pejcic, Croatia

Past U.S. medalists

  • Nancy Johnson, gold, Sydney 2000
  • Pat Spurgin, gold, Los Angeles 1984

Men's Olympic record: 599/600, Zhu Qinan, China, Athens 2004

• with finals: 702.7 (599+103.7), Zhu Qinan, China, Athens 2004

Men's world record: 600/600, 4 tied

• with finals: 703.8 (600+103.8), Zhu Qina, China, 2011

Women's Olympic record: 400/400, Katerina Emmons, Czech Republic, Beijing 2008

• with finals: 503.5 (400+103.5), Katerina Emmons, Czech Republic, Beijing 2008

Women's world record: 400/400, 25 tied

• with finals: 505.6 (400+105.6), Siling Yi, China, 2010

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