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China grab dramatic shooting gold

China's Qiu Jian won the men's 50m Rifle 3 positions Olympic gold medal on Sunday after a stunning mistake by American Matt Emmons on the last shot.

Leading by 3.3 points, Emmons fired a 4.4 on his final attempt to drop to fourth. He blew a similar lead on his last shot at the Athens Games in 2004.

Ukraine's Jury Sukhorukov took the silver while Slovenia's Rajmond Debevec claimed the bronze.

It was the final event in the shooting, where 15 golds were up for grabs.

Britain's Jonathan Hammond finished a disappointing 42nd.

Hosts China finished the competition with five golds, followed by the United States, the Czech Republic and Ukraine with two each.

India, Finland, South Korea and Italy shared the remaining four.

And Emmons, whose Czech wife Katerina won shootings' gold and silver over the last week, was philosophical about the outcome.

"I did not feel my finger shaking, but I guess it was," said the 27-year-old.

"My display in Athens got everyone talking about shooting. I think this will bring the sport more attention.

"Having Katerina by my side is the most important thing. Whether I win or lose, she will always be there for me."

Qiu, meanwhile, admitted that his composure helped seal gold.

"The mental control comes from years of training," he said.

"The idea is not to think of the outcome. I did not know what happened at the end.

"When I heard the spectators cheering, I felt maybe I had won a silver. But my coach told me it was a gold."


Shooting medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forChina 5 2 1 8
Men's 10m Air Pistol 1 0 0
Men's 10m Air Rifle 1 1 0
Men's 50m Pistol 0 1 0
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 1 0 0
Men's Double Trap 0 0 1
Women's 10m Air Pistol 1 0 0
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forUSA 2 2 2 6
Men's 10m Air Pistol 0 0 1
Men's 50m Rifle Prone 0 1 0
Men's Double Trap 1 0 0
Men's Skeet 1 0 0
Women's Skeet 0 1 0
Women's Trap 0 0 1
3 also show each event results forCzech Republic 2 1 0 3
Men's Trap 1 0 0
Women's 10m Air Rifle 1 0 0
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forUkraine 2 1 0 3
Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol 1 0 0
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 1 0
Men's 50m Rifle Prone 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forItaly 1 2 0 3
Men's Double Trap 0 1 0
Men's Trap 0 1 0
Women's Skeet 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forSouth Korea 1 1 0 2
Men's 10m Air Pistol 0 1 0
Men's 50m Pistol 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forFinland 1 0 1 2
Men's 10m Air Rifle 0 0 1
Women's Trap 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forIndia 1 0 0 1
Men's 10m Air Rifle 1 0 0
9 also show each event results forRussia 0 2 2 4
Men's 50m Pistol 0 0 1
Men's Trap 0 0 1
Women's 10m Air Pistol 0 1 0
Women's 10m Air Rifle 0 1 0
10 also show each event results forGermany 0 1 3 4
Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol 0 1 1
Women's 25m Pistol 0 0 1
Women's Skeet 0 0 1
11 also show each event results forMongolia 0 1 0 1
Women's 25m Pistol 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forNorway 0 1 0 1
Men's Skeet 0 1 0
13 also show each event results forSlovakia 0 1 0 1
Women's Trap 0 1 0
14 also show each event results forAustralia 0 0 1 1
Men's 50m Rifle Prone 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forCroatia 0 0 1 1
Women's 10m Air Rifle 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forCuba 0 0 1 1
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forFrance 0 0 1 1
Men's Skeet 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forGeorgia 0 0 1 1
Women's 10m Air Pistol 0 0 1
19 also show each event results forSlovenia 0 0 1 1
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 0 1

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