Norwich grad Caruso places ninth at Olympics

Norwich University graduate Emily Caruso narrowly missed advancing to the final round of the women's 10m air rifle competition, finishing ninth in that event at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games on Saturday, August 14.

Caruso was part of a six-woman tie for the final three slots, but lost in the tie-breaking procedure, that selects the advancing members by comparing their last series of shots. Her 97 on the final series was the lowest among the six in the tie.

"I'm not really sure what happened," Caruso said in a USA Shooting press release. "It's really disappointing to have come this close. I shot my first 30 really well, but unfortunately had those three nines in the last 10 that dropped me out of contention. If I would have shot them earlier, I would have made it in. But I would rather come in ninth, than in 29th."

Caruso, who was a civilian student at Norwich, was the top qualifier for the US Team by virtue of her first-place finish in the air rifle competition at the USA Shooting Olympic Team Selection Matches, held May 31 in Fort Benning, Ga.

Caruso, a former member of the Norwich University rifle team, was a four-year All-American and the 1998 NCAA individual air rifle champion. She is the first woman from Norwich to compete in the Olympic Games.

A native of Fairfield, Conn., Caruso received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Norwich in 2000. She has been residing and training at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., since graduation.

China's Li Du won the gold medal in the women's air rifle, the first medal awarded at the Games. Li scored 10.6 points on her final attempt Saturday, jumping ahead of Russia's Lioubov Galkina to win the women's 10-meter air rifle. Li finished with an Olympic record 502 points, a half-point ahead of Galkina. The Russian had led throughout, but got only a 9.7 on her final shot - her lowest mark., August 2004

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