London 2012 U.S. Competitor: Sandra Uptagrafft
London 2012 Competition Date: 8/1; finals at 10:30 a.m. Eastern
Pistol: Any pistol except single-shot chambered for the .22 Long Rifle weighing less than 1,400 grams (3.09 pounds) with a trigger pull not less than 1,000 grams (35 ounces); compensators, muzzle brakes and similar devices are prohibited. The centerline of the pistol’s bore must pass above the web of the hand when the pistol is held in the normal firing position. The rear of the grip or frame that rests on top of the hand between the thumb and the forefinger may not be longer than 30mm. Feinwerkbau is the No. 1 make on the line, with Pardini second.
Range: 25 meters
Scoring: For the precision stage, the target is 500mm (19.69 inches) wide, with scoring rings 1 to 10. The black portion containing rings 7 to 10 is 200mm wide. The 10-ring is 50mm (1.97 inches); the inner-10-ring is 25mm. The rapid-fire target is 500mm (19.69 inches) wide with scoring rings 5 to 10. The 10-ring is 100mm (3.94 inches); the inner-10-ring is 50mm. In finals competition (rapid-fire stage target), the scoring rings are divided into tenths; the maximum value is 10.9.
Course of Fire: 60 shots total. 30 shots are fired in the precision stage, consisting of six five-shot series, each series fired on a single target within five minutes. The gun can be lowered between shots. In the rapid-fire stage (either conducted on the same day or a different day), shooters begin in the ready position, with the pistol lowered 45 degrees, and wait for the start signal, at which point they have three seconds to shoot one shot. They then lower the gun and wait seven seconds for the green light to appear again—at which point they have three seconds to fire the next shot. Each five-shot series is fired on a single target. They fire six five-shot series (30 shots) in this manner.
Finals: The top 8 competitors fire four additional five-shot series (20 shots) of the rapid-fire stage. The top shooter from the qualification round is squadded on point one in range section A, second-best on point two, the third place finisher on point 4 and the fourth-place finisher on point 5—leaving point three empty. The same placement method is used on range section B for places five through eight.
2008 Beijing Medalists
Gold–Yin Cheng, China; Silver- Gundegmaa Otryad, Mongolia; Bronze-Munkhbayar Dorjsuren, Germany
Past U.S. Medalist
Ruby Fox, silver, Los Angeles 1984
Olympic record: (tie-590), Tao Luna, China, Sydney 2000; Gundegmaa Otryad, Mongolia, Beijing 2008
• with finals: 793.4 (585+208.4), Ying Chen, China, Beijing 2008
World record: (tie-594), Diana Iorgova, Bulgaria, 1994; Luna Tao, China, 2002
• with finals: 796.9 (592+204.9), Jang Mi Kim, Korea, 2012