Mary Tucker Adds A Second Medal In Two Days At Rifle/Pistol World Championships

by Chrös McDougall

Mary Tucker after competing during the women's air rifle finals at the 2022 3-Position Junior Air Rifle Championships on July 23, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Mary Tucker added her second medal in two days at the ISSF World Championship for Rifle/Pistol on Monday in Cairo.
The 2020 Olympic silver medalist joined fellow Olympians Sagen Maddalena and Ali Weisz in winning the women’s air rifle team silver medal on Sunday. This time Tucker, a 21-year-old from Sarasota, Florida, claimed the bronze medal in the women’s 50-meter rifle prone contest.
She now has two world championships medals to go with her Olympic silver medal won last year in the 10-meter air rifle mixed team event with Lucas Kozeniesky. Tucker has also won a handful of world championships medals while competing on the junior level.
A rising star in the sport, Tucker, who left her high school team to teach herself to shoot using YouTube videos, is also a multi-time NCAA champion, having competed her first three seasons for Kentucky before transferring to West Virginia ahead of this season.
On Monday, Tucker scored 625.7 points in the rifle prone event, barely holding off fourth-place finisher Nina Christen of Switzerland, who scored 625.2. Germany’s Jolyn Beer won with 627.0 points, followed by Switzerland’s Sarina Hitz at 626.7.
Christen is the reigning Olympic champion in the women’s rifle three positions.
With Tucker’s medal, the U.S. now has two golds and seven total medals at the world championships, including results from the junior competitions. Only China and India rank higher in both categories.
The world championships continue through Oct. 27 in Cairo.

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic Movement for since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.