Result: Silver medal in 50m rifle prone; 4th in 50m rifle three positions
Key Words: 4.4 points
Magic Index: ★★★★
Description: Four years ago at the Athens Games, Emmons had a comfortable lead in men's 50m rifle three positions, only to shoot at the wrong target on his final shot and end up with no medal at all. Chinese Jia Zhanbo took the gold. On August 17, in the final of the same event, history repeated itself. Leading by 3.3 points and needing only a mediocre shot of 6.7 to dispel the 2004 ghosts, Emmons fired a 4.4 on his final attempt to drop to fourth. The gold medal went to Qiu Jian, a Chinese again.
Words From the Heart: "I got on the trigger a little too hard. I didn't feel my finger shaking but I guess it was. It just hit the trigger, the gun went off and I was like, 'Uh, that's not going to be good.' I must compete for another four more years. Now I think I have a reason. Things happen, I mean we [his wife Katerina won a gold and a silver in the women's 10m air rifle and 50m rifle three positions respectively] are going home with three medals, so I can't complain."