USA Strikes Gold in Women's 50m 3 Position

USA Strikes Gold in Women's 50m 3 Position
Jamie Beyerle Gray set two Olympic records en route to the USA's first medal in the rifle events.

For a while it seemed like the USA medal drought in rifle competition would never end, but Jamie Beyerle Gray made it rain today in Women's 50m 3 Position. Gray who originally hails from Lebanon, PA, set an Olympic record of 592/600 in the qualifier to lead the field by two points. And she did it in interesting fashion, notching scores of 198/200 in prone, a fantastic 198 in the standing position and a 196 kneeling. And if that wasn't enough, she set another Olympic record for her overall score of 691.9, courtesy of a 99.9 tally for the 10 standing shots in the final round (in finals competition, the scoring rings are broken into tenths, and the highest value of any give shot is 10.9 points). Her lowest shot in the final was 8.9, but her seven 10s — ranging from 10.0 to a 10.8 on her last shot — more than made up for that.

The finals didn't hold much drama as Gray finished more than four points ahead of her nearest competitor, Ivana Maksimovi of Serbia, who fired a 590 in the qualifying round and added a 97.5 in the finals for a 687.5 and the silver medal. Gray and Maksimovic were way ahead of the pack. Bronze medalist Adela Sykorova of the Czech Republic shot a 584 in the qualifier and a solid 99.0 in the final to earn her spot on the podium.

Gray's teammate, Amanda Furrer of Spokane, WA, finished in 15th place with a 581, a score that was only three points off qualifying pace and placed her in the top third of the field.



This was Gray's second Olympics. In 2008 in Beijing she came close to medaling in air rifle, finishing fourth, and placed fifth in 50m 3 Position, and last year she was named USA Shooting's Rifle Athlete of the Year. And, of course, earlier this year the University of Alaska-Fairbanks grad came close to medaling in Women's 10m Air Rifle.

In 2011 she married Hank Gray, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship, and she's currently the technical coach of the Columbus State University rifle team in Columbus, GA.

Women's 50m 3 Position

  • Gold — Gray, Jamie Beyerle (USA) 592*+99.9 691.9**

  • Silver — Maksimovic, Ivana (SRB) 590+97.5 687.5
  • Bronze — Sykorova, Adela (CZE) 584+99.0 683.0
  • 4. Bogacka, Sylwia (POL) 583+98.9 681.9

  • 5. Pejcic, Snjezana (CRO) 584+97.9 681.9
  • 6. Engleder, Barbara (GER) 583+97.8 680.8
  • 7. Vdovina, Daria (RUS) 584+94.2 680.8
  • 8. Nagay, Agnieszka (POL) 584+942 678.2
  • 15. Furrer, Amanda (USA) 581
  • * Olympic record
  • ** Olympic finals record

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Hornady 6MM Creedmoor

Hornady 6MM Creedmoor

Tom Beckstrand and Neal Emery of Hornady highlight the 6MM Creedmoor ammo.

RS Sako Finnlight II

RS Sako Finnlight II

The new Sako Finnlight II sports an innovative stock and Cerakote metal paired with the terrific 85 action.

All About .300 Blackout

All About .300 Blackout

The .300 Blackout is here to stay, and we take some time to look at new technology surrounding this cartridge. Next, we pit subsonic rivals against each other before stretching the legs of this CQB round out to 600 yards from a short 9-inch barrel.

Ruger Launches New American Rifle Predator in 6.5 Grendel

Ruger Launches New American Rifle Predator in 6.5 Grendel

OSG's Lynn Burkhead and Ruger's Matt WIlson kick off SHOT Show 2018 by taking a look at the Ruger Predator.

Trending Articles

On June 2, 2014, Anschutz announced the start of a subsidiary branch in the United States. Industry

Anschutz Establishes U.S. Branch, Separates from Steyr

RifleShooter Online Staff - June 10, 2014

On June 2, 2014, Anschutz announced the start of a subsidiary branch in the United States.

Ruger introduced .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC chamberings for the Ruger Precision Rifle. Bolt-Action

Ruger Precision Rifle Now Chambered in .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC

Rifleshooter Digital Staff - April 27, 2019

Ruger introduced .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC chamberings for the Ruger Precision Rifle.

A simple test of sorting ammo and a shooting session at the range will show how bullet runout can affect the accuracy of your rifles. Shooting Tips

Bullet Runout - How It Affects Accuracy

Joseph von Benedikt - May 13, 2019

A simple test of sorting ammo and a shooting session at the range will show how bullet runout...

For decades, things were quiet on the .22 centerfire front. Starting in 2017, shooters were offered not one but two hot new centerfire .22 cartridges. First out of the gate was the .22 Nosler, followed by the Federal .224 Valkrie. Ammo

.22 Nosler vs .224 Valkyrie

Brad Fitzpatrick - May 02, 2019

For decades, things were quiet on the .22 centerfire front. Starting in 2017, shooters were...

See More Trending Articles

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.