Emmons implodes as Qiu takes men's 50m rifle three positions gold

Society Materials 17 August 2008 11:37 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - American Matthew Emmons shot a disastrous final round in the men's 50-metre rifle three positions competition Sunday to hand Olympic gold to China's Qiu Jian.

Emmons held a clear lead in the final round but scored just 4.4 to finish in fourth place, leaving Qiu to take gold with a total of 1272.5 for the three shooting positions of prone, standing and kneeling.

Jury Sukhorukov of Ukraine claimed silver with 1272.4 points, which equates to a losing distance of 0.8 millimetres, while Slovenia's Rajmond Debevec took bronze with 1271.7 points.