Four-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker misses mark in Olympic shooting finale.

LONDON -- Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker, U.S. Army Marksmanship…

LONDON — Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, pauses to and figure out what is going wrong in his qualification round in the men’s three-position rifle event Aug. 6 at the Royal Artillery Barracks. Parker, a four-time Olympian, finished in 30th place. Michael Molinaro, US Army Marksmanship Unit photo

Four-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker headed into the third round of the Olympic three-positions rifle competition Aug. 6 just one shot out of medal contention, but finished 30th.

Parker, a rifle shooter in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, was unable to overcome a rough start in the kneeling position and failed to qualify for the final round of the final shooting event of the 2012 London Games at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

“I just couldn’t figure out what was going wrong,” Parker said. “That was a really bad streak in there at the beginning of kneeling.”

After reeling off 12 consecutive nines, Parker stepped off the line, unhooked his jacket, and headed straight for his coach, U.S. National and U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program rifle coach Maj. Dave Johnson.

“I tried to figure out what I may have been missing,” Parker said. “We talked about some things the wind was doing, went back, and started shooting better.”

Parker tried to dig himself out of the hole, but it wasn’t enough during a match that saw two Olympic records set by Italy’s gold-medal-winner Nicco Campriani, who shot a qualification score of 1,180 and an overall score of 1,278.5, both new standards in the event.

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LONDON — Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, fires a round from the standing position during the men’s three-position rifle event Aug. 6 at the Royal Artillery Barracks. Parker finished in 30th place. Italy’s Nicco Campriani won the gold medal and set two Olympic records in doing so. Michael Molinaro, US Army Marksmanship Unit photo.

“I worked really hard before the competition, and there were a lot of expectations on me, which made things hard,” Campriani said. “The last 20 shots kneeling were really difficult. There were a lot of heartbeats and I was shaking. I made it and I’m glad because it’s not just this, it’s four years.”

Korea’s Jonghyun Kim won the silver medal after shooting 1,272.5 and Parker’s USA teammate, Matthew Emmons, won the bronze medal with 1,271.3 points.

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