London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – The Royal Artillery Barracks have become more like home ranges for the American shooting contingent, which is winning medals with monotonous regularity at the London Games.
Rifle shooter from Pennsylvania, Jamie Lynn Gray, added a third gold to the ones won by Vincent Hancock and Kim Rhode in men’s and women’s skeet, respectively, when she clinched the 50m rifle three position title on Saturday.
Her Olympic record-winning aggregate score of 691.9 was enough to push Serbia’s Ivana Maksimovi (687.5) and Czech Republic’s Adela Sykorova (683.0) to second and third spots respectively.
For Gray, this was second time lucky as in her first appearance in the Olympics at Beijing (2008), she had come fifth.
Earlier, the 28-year-old Gray had led in the qualification round — where shooters fire 20 shots in prone, standing and kneeling positions — to be ahead by two points of Maksimovic.
In the final round, she was in breathtaking form, as she fired a 10.5 out of a maximum 10.9 to increase the lead. Despite three poor rounds of 9.2 (second shot), 9.6 (fifth shot) and 8.9 (ninth shot), she had enough cushion to emerge an easy winner.
Her near-perfect final shot of 10.8 finally made her an easy winner.