Gray, Scherer Make Finals, Miss Medals
USA shooters Jamie Beyerle Gray and Sarah Scherer shot their way into the finals in Women's 10m Air Rifle — both with 397/400, two points off the lead pace — and finished in fifth and seventh, respectively.
Gray, from Lebanon, PA, turned in a strong performance, a 97/100 and 98/100 book-ended by a pair of perfect 100s in the qualifying round to earn her spot in the finals. Her finals round wasn't bad either, with only two sub-10 scores — a 9.5 on her first shot and a 9.7 on her third (in finals competition, the scoring rings are broken into tenths of a point, with a center shot worth 10.9 — but she wasn't able to close the gap and climb onto the medal stand, despite a pair of 10.7s.
Scherer, from Woburn, MA, fired three 99s and a 100 to make the qualifying round and shot just a single sub-10 score in the final, a 9.5. However, her 10s were in the low end of the range — from 10.1 to 10.5 — and it just wasn't enough.
The Chinese women continued their winning ways in women's air rifle. The gold medal went to China's Siling Yi, who dropped but a single point in the qualifying round and then smoked her competition in the
final with solid 10s throughout. Poland's Sylwia Bogacka likewise qualified with a 399/400 but came up 0.7 points short of gold. The bronze medalist was Dan Yu, also of China, came into the final with a 398 and fired the second highest final total, 103.5, to stave off the rest of the field. Katerina Emmons, who shoots for the Czech Republic and is the wife of USA men's shooter Matt Emmons, finished fourth.
- Gold — Yi, Siliing (CHN) 399+103.9 502.9
- Silver — Bogacka, Sylwia (POL) 399+103.2 502.2
- Bronze — Yu, Dan (CHN) 398+103.5 501.5
- 4. Emmons, Katerina (CZE) 397+103.3 500.3
- 5. Gray, Jamie (USA) 397+102.7 499.7
- 6. Ahmadi, Elaheh (IRI) 397+102.1 499.1
- 7. Scherer, Sara (USA) 397+102.0 499.0
- 8. Vdovina, Daria (RUS) 398+100.5 498.5