Chinese shooter Jia Zhanbo wins the gold for the men's 50m rifle 3 positions at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games August 22, 2004. (Xinhua Photo/Jiao Weiping)
Unknown Chinese shooter Jia Zhanbo came to fame as he claimed the men's 50m rifle three positions gold medal in a final full of drama at the Athens Olympic Games here on Sunday.
The 30-year-old Jia, who was competing in his first Olympics, led the qualification round with 1,171 points but he shot badly in the final, trailing American rival Matthew Emmons by three full points with just one shot remaining.
As Emmons looked set to winning his second gold in Athens, the 23-year-old, who has won the men's 50m prone gold on Friday, mis-shot Austrian Christian Planer's target on the last shot and was thus awarded a zero point.
Jia won the gold luckily with a total score of 1,264.5 points.
"His shot hit other shooter's target," Vassilis Delios, chief range officer at the Markopoulo shooting center, told Xinhua.
David Johnson, coach of the US shooting team, acknowledged the referee's ruling.
"It rarely happened in international competition," said Johnson.
Emmons, who looked apparently sad at the result, refused to make any comments. He finally finished a distant eighth on 1,257.4.
His teammate Michael Anti took silver on 1,263.1, while Planer had bronze 1,262.8.