|tanithryudo (tanithryudo) wrote,|
@ 2008-08-16 23:03:00
|Entry tags:||china, olympics|
Men's 50-Meter Free Rifle
I just happened to be watching while it happened on CCTV 5. The Chinese contestant Qiu Jian wasn't doing so great in the beginning which left him playing catchup most of the last couple shots. Even the commentators didn't think he'd get anywhere since they were barely mentioning him.
But by the last shot, he was just .1 points behind the Ukrainian guy in 2nd place. At first was Emmons from the USA, who had been pulling steady shots of above 9.8 the entire time. He was 3 whole points ahead of 2nd place and the commentators said all he'd need was a 8 pointer to keep the gold.
At the last shot, Qiu Jian and the other guy shot first, Qiu Jian pulled ahead by .2 to surpass the then 2nd place. Everyone thought we'd gotten silver and that was pretty good.
Then, Emmons shot last... and completely flubbed a 4.4. The commentators spazzed out. The closeup of the stands showed complete jaw drops. There was a moment of complete disbelief in the entire stadium before it erupted.
Emmons dropped from first to fourth place. Ouch. (EDIT: Just read the yahoo article on this. Turns out last Olympics, Emmons also was in the lead until he flubbed the last shot. Except last time he shot the wrong target completely and this time he "at least" made fourth. He must REALLY hate the world right now.)
Was this was the last marksmanship match of the games? If so, it makes for a very interesting counterpoint to the results of the first one...
In other news, Li Na is up against Russia for women's tennis singles for the bronze. (It's "live" right now on NBC website and the score is 3-3 games of the first set.) The match for gold/silver are between two Russians too. So if Li Na doesn't make it then we get to see Russia sweep all 3 medals for that one. o_O
The other hot match is upcoming semifinals for beach volleyball between China and USA... And not just cuz I think our girls are hot when they jump around in red bikinis. ^_~
And what's up with women's windsurfing? Yahoo just put a gold medal symbol next to Jian Yin's name but the gold medal count/total medal count haven't incremented.