Congratulations to Team USA’s Mary Tucker and Lucas Kozeniesky, who rallied to take the silver medal in 10-meter Mixed Team Air Rifle, finishing the match 17-13, second to the team from China. (Watch here to see the end of this close match!)
In this new Olympic event in which the first team to 16 wins, the head-to-head matches require the members of two final teams to each take one shot simultaneously. Shot totals are combine for each team, and the team with the highest score collects two points; in the event of a tie, each team gets one.
Tucker and Kozeniesky battled through the rounds, but China's Yang Qian and Yang Haoran ultimately posted the winning score and took the gold medal.
Mary Tucker is the No. 2-ranked air rifle shooter in the world and a two-time NCAA rifle individual champion. She placed sixth in her first event in Tokyo, women's 10-meter air rifle.
Tucker has one event remaining in the 2020 Olympics—50m smallbore rifle—which will take place on July 31.
Mary Tucker is a student at the University of Kentucky (UK) who earned Rookie Shooter of the Year as a freshman and Athlete of the Year as a sophomore. As a junior, Tucker won the 2021 NCAA Championships in 10 m air rifle and 50 m smallbore. She’s the first UK athlete to sweep gold in both events. Tucker went on to win three medals at the ISSF World Cup New Delhi earlier this year, qualifying her for the Tokyo Olympics and making her the current number one air rifle shooter in the world. She won a gold medal in the 10 m air rifle, a silver in women’s 10 m air rifle team and a bronze medal in 10 m air rifle mixed team.