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Last shot sinks American shooter again

Updated: August 17, 2008, 10:24 PM ET
By Noah Trister | Associated Press

BEIJING, China — Matt Emmons aimed at the target — his own, this time.

Four years ago, he lost a gold medal by shooting at someone else's, and he wasn't about to make that mistake again.

No, this story was going to have the happiest of endings. Emmons needed less than 7 points. Hit the target anywhere near the middle, and the gold medal that got away in Athens would be his.

He raised his gun. He prepared to fire. And ...

BLAM.

Somehow, Emmons' gun went off ...

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