Beijing, China (Sports Network) - American Matt Emmons barely missed out on his second straight gold medal in the men's 50m prone rifle competition at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall Friday morning.
Emmons entered the 10-shot final round trailing Artur Ayvazian of the Ukraine by two points. Emmons was able to cut the gap in half, but Ayvazian consistently scored between 10.0 and 10.8 to hold off the American's challenge.
Ayvazian won the gold by scoring 702.7 to Emmons' 701.7. The bronze medal was won by Warren Potent of Australia, whose 105.5 was the high score of the final round, giving him a 700.5 that boosted him over Norway's Vebjoern Berg.
"It was my lucky day, I simply got lucky," said Ayvazian. "I knew yesterday I was going for it and that no one was going to take it away from me."
The 27-year-old Emmons is the husband of Czech shooter Katerina Emmons, who has won two medals at these Games, a gold in the 10m air rifle and a silver in the 50-meter 3-positions event.
Matt Emmons will also compete in the 50-meter 3-positions on Sunday.
"The past few days have been a roller coaster ride, but not a bad one because I like roller coasters," said Emmons. "It's been challenging to keep my head on straight for my own events."
Potent went into the competition as the world No.1, returning to the sport in 1997 after a six-year absence. He was trying for his first Olympic medal after finishing 42nd in Athens.
American Vincent Hancock led the qualification in the men's skeet competition, while Leonid Ekimov was ahead after the first qualification round in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol. Keith Sanderson of the U.S. was third in that qualifier. The finals for both events are Saturday.
08/15 04:09:18 ET