Jamie Gray, wife of Staff Sgt. Henry Gray of the Army Marksmanship Unit, broke the Olympic record for the 50-meter three-position rifle event Saturday, earning the third gold medal for U.S. shooters at the London games.
Gray’s score of 691.9 bested the old mark of 690.3, set four years ago in Bejing by China’s Du Li. The American’s qualifying-round score of 592 also set an Olympic record, according to this USA Today report.
Gray follows two U.S. skeet shooters to the top of the 2012 Olympic podium: Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock broke his own final and qualification records Tuesday in defending his Olympic crown, and Kimberly Rhode became the first U.S. athlete to earn an individual medal in five straight Olympics, equaling her world record Sunday in the women’s event.
Gray took fifth in the 10-meter air rifle event to kick off the London games, just missing the podium.
Army athletes continue their Olympic quests Sunday, with Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski set to compete in the 50-meter pistol and Sgt. Spenser Mango taking the Greco-Roman mat in the 55-kilogram weight class — the first of three soldier-wrestlers to compete in London.