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August 5

Perfect 600, Gold and more for Sergei Martynov at the 2012 Olympics

World Champion prone rifle shooter Sergei Martynov of Belarus finally took Olympic gold at his fourth attempt at Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks on 03 August 2012. In windy conditions he shot his 6th world record (and Olympic record) equalling qualification perfect 600; going on to shoot the best final with 105.5 and taking the Finals World and Olympic record with 705.5 by 0.7 points.


Belgium's Lionel Cox won silver with 701.2 and Slovenia's Rajmond Debevec took third with 701. Team GB’s Jonathan Hammond recorded a score of 593 and missed the shoot-off by two points, finishing in 17th place and James Huckle achieved 29th place with 591.


Prone Rifle Final video:



Prone Rifle score



Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/03/2929261/martynov-wins-olympic-rifle-prone.html#storylink=cpy


About Sergei Martynov



Some quotes from press coverage:

The Belarussian was using a 1999 rifle and rounds that were made in 1985, a combination that brought him bronze medals in the discipline at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games. "I'm not exactly prejudiced against any recently made rifles or rounds it is just when you choose you choose something that feels more comfortable," Martynov said. "I have a (new) rifle back at home but when you are getting ready for the Olympic Games it is too late to change anything so I am yet to lay my hands on it."


"A rifle isn't a wife but you have to look after it and give it tender, loving care," Martynov said of his prized possession.


Other Olympic shooting news:

World record holding double trap shooter Peter Wilson won Britain's fourth gold medal of the London Olympics.



BBC shooting news:



25m Rapid Fire Pistol (03 August 2012)



Womens 3x20 3P (04 August 2012)

Jamie Lynn Gray of the USA set a new Olympic record on her way to claiming the gold medal in the women's 50m rifle gold medal. Gray scored a total of 691.9 to claim gold ahead of Serbia's Ivana Maksimovic and Adela Sykorova of the Czech Republic.






Mens 50m Free Pistol (05 August 2012)







30 July

In a thrilling climax to the Men's 10m air rifle final, Romanian shooter Alin George Moldoveanu wins his country's first gold medal of the Games. Team GB's James Huckle's qualification score was a creditable 24th, with 593. just six points behind first place.

BBC final video coverage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/live-video/p00w2wq0

Results: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/schedule-results/shooting/20120730

Live scores from the realtime Olympic leader board can be viewed here during shooting, plus results from finished compeitions (just click on the competition you want to watch): http://www.london2012.com/shooting/schedule-and-results/
All the Olympic scores can be found on the ISSF website, with diagrams of groups from both qualification and finals: http://www.issf-sports.org/calendar/championship_schedule_by_discipline.ashx?cshipid=935
ISSF live ticker news updates are here: http://www.issf-sports.org/
Olympics website shooting news: http://www.london2012.com/shooting/

28 + 29 July
Yi Siling of China won the first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics with victory in the women's 10m air rifle.
No video of final. Looks like a cock up, so medal ceremony only: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/live-video/p00w2rsb
South Korea's Jin Jong-Oh took gold in the Olympic men's 10m air pistol event.
China's Guo Wenjun retained her women's 10m air pistol title in a thrilling final.
Catch up BBC video for Olympic shooting events generally can be found here (starting on Sat 28 July, but you can flick over to each successive day):
Target shorts of another kind provided some excellent entertainment in the Olympic archery gold medal match between USA and Italy. This clip is worth watching (particularly from 03.15-03.26), with the final coming down to the last arrow:
There's an interesting BBC page introducing shooting to the public and encouraging participation. Unfortunately there is no link on the main BBC Olympic website to NSRA, but to NRA (which does not oversee Olympic shooting disciplines). The NSRA has been informed...
EVENT PREVIEW: Italy’s got a favorite in 50m Rifle 3P Men event. Nicco Campriani is considered “the man to watch” at London 2012, but a number of skilled athletes are ready to challenge him.

The BBC live Olympic coverage will be on 24 simultaneous live video feeds, which will also be available on 'catch up' after the event:

Click through to a particular day or event and you will see whether there is or is not BBC 'video coverage'. Unsurprisingly qualification is not covered, but all the finals are:

Pregnant Malaysian shooter eyes Olympic gold

Team GB homepage:

BBC's shooting explained series:
But why is the link to the NRA (there are no fullbore shooting events) and not NSRA. Where are our PR people?

Eurosport Olympic 3D and Britsh Eurosport coverage appears to ignore live coverage of shooting events :-(

Check out the Swedish 1912 Olympic shooting team:


ISSF Women's 3P preview: http://www.issf-sports.org/news.ashx?newsid=1703

ISSF mens 50m free pistol preview: http://www.issf-sports.org/news.ashx?newsid=1705

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), under whose rules the Olympic shooting disciplines are run, has launched a dedicated web page for easy access to 2012 information, previews, news and photos here: http://www.issf-sports.org/pages/roadtolondon_2012.ashx. ISSF has also issued a press release, announcing that 390 shooters from a record breaking 108 countries will participate in the 2012 Olympic Games, the highest number since shooting was included in the first modern games in 1896.

News and other links will be gratefully received and shared on the site if you come across them, by sending them via our contact page.
ISSF information, previews, news and photoshttp://www.issf-sports.org/pages/roadtolondon_2012.ashx
UK national governing body: http://www.nsra.co.uk/
London 2012 shooting page: http://www.london2012.com/shooting/about/
Fascinating 'rogues gallery' of Olympic shooters: http://www.london2012.com/athletes/discipline=shooting/index.htmx
2012 Press release about record shooting entry and links to 2012 shooting event info: http://www.london2012.com/news/articles/record-field-targets-shooting-medals.html
Some pictures of the 2012 Olympic range, taken during the London Prepares World Cup: