August 8, 2008
BEIJING • Emily Caruso, pressed for time, stumbled to a 15th-place finish today in the 10-meter women’s rifle shooting competition.
The event consists of four sessions, or strings. Caruso said she took too long on her first string, which forced her to rush through her final string.
She had trouble early, scoring 98 out of 100 in the first string, and she struggled late, recording 97 on her final string. In between, she collected two straight 100s.
She needed 397 to clinch a berth in the finals. Katerina Emmons of the Czech Republic won the gold medal.
“I took too long on the first string and didn’t have as much time as I wanted on the fourth,” Caruso said. “It could have gone better. I just wanted to have a good performance.”
Caruso just missed the finals at the 2004 Olympic 10-meter competition in Athens, finishing ninth.
Her performance in 2004 was similar to this morning’s outcome. Caruso faded in the final string in Athens. With nine shots left, she was tied for the lead but shot three straight nines to sink in the standings.
Caruso has worked at Home Depot in Colorado Springs for the past five years. She has no plans to leave her sport or her adopted hometown despite today’s disappointment.
“I’m going to keep going,” she said.
Emmons, the wife of American shooter Matt Emmons, finished with an Olympic record of 503.5 points after shooting a perfect 400.