Greece the Hellenic Republic, self-identified and known as Hellas, is a country located in Southern and Southeast Europe, with a population of 11 million as of 2016. Athens is largest city, followed by Thessaloniki. Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe and Africa. Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, it shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, Turkey to the northeast; the Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km in length, featuring a large number of islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 metres; the country consists of nine geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Epirus, the Aegean Islands, Thrace and the Ionian Islands.
Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilisation, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, Western drama and notably the Olympic Games. From the eighth century BC, the Greeks were organised into various independent city-states, known as poleis, which spanned the entire Mediterranean region and the Black Sea. Philip of Macedon united most of the Greek mainland in the fourth century BC, with his son Alexander the Great conquering much of the ancient world, from the eastern Mediterranean to India. Greece was annexed by Rome in the second century BC, becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire, in which Greek language and culture were dominant. Rooted in the first century A. D. the Greek Orthodox Church helped shape modern Greek identity and transmitted Greek traditions to the wider Orthodox World. Falling under Ottoman dominion in the mid-15th century, the modern nation state of Greece emerged in 1830 following a war of independence.
Greece's rich historical legacy is reflected by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sovereign state of Greece is a unitary parliamentary republic and developed country with an advanced high-income economy, a high quality of life, a high standard of living. A founding member of the United Nations, Greece was the tenth member to join the European Communities and has been part of the Eurozone since 2001, it is a member of numerous other international institutions, including the Council of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. Greece's unique cultural heritage, large tourism industry, prominent shipping sector and geostrategic importance classify it as a middle power, it is the largest economy in the Balkans. The names for the nation of Greece and the Greek people differ from the names used in other languages and cultures.
The Greek name of the country is Hellas or Ellada, its official name is the Hellenic Republic. In English, the country is called Greece, which comes from Latin Graecia and means'the land of the Greeks'; the earliest evidence of the presence of human ancestors in the southern Balkans, dated to 270,000 BC, is to be found in the Petralona cave, in the Greek province of Macedonia. All three stages of the stone age are represented for example in the Franchthi Cave. Neolithic settlements in Greece, dating from the 7th millennium BC, are the oldest in Europe by several centuries, as Greece lies on the route via which farming spread from the Near East to Europe. Greece is home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe and is considered the birthplace of Western civilisation, beginning with the Cycladic civilization on the islands of the Aegean Sea at around 3200 BC, the Minoan civilization in Crete, the Mycenaean civilization on the mainland; these civilizations possessed writing, the Minoans writing in an undeciphered script known as Linear A, the Mycenaeans in Linear B, an early form of Greek.
The Mycenaeans absorbed the Minoans, but collapsed violently around 1200 BC, during a time of regional upheaval known as the Bronze Age collapse. This ushered from which written records are absent. Though the unearthed Linear B texts are too fragmentary for the reconstruction of the political landscape and can't support the existence of a larger state contemporary Hittite and Egyptian records suggest the presence of a single state under a "Great King" based in mainland Greece; the end of the Dark Ages is traditionally dated to the year of the first Olympic Games. The Iliad and the Odyssey, the foundational texts of Western literature, are believed to have been composed by Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC. With the end of the Dark Ages, there emerged various kingdoms and city-states across the Greek peninsula, which spread to the shores of the Black Sea, So
United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics
The United States competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. 533 competitors, 279 men and 254 women, took part in 254 events in 31 sports. * - Indicates the athlete competed in preliminaries but not the final Three U. S. archers qualified each for the men's and women's individual archery, a spot each for both men's and women's teams. MenWomen U. S. athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events. The team was selected based on the results of the 2004 United States Olympic Trials. Adam Nelson claimed a silver medal in men's shot put. On December 5, 2012, the International Olympic Committee and the IAAF stripped off Ukrainian shot putter Yuriy Bilonoh's gold medal after drug re-testings of his samples were discovered positive. Following the announcement of Bilonoh's disqualification, Nelson's medal was upgraded to gold. KeyNote–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only Q = Qualified for the next round q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target NR = National record N/A = Round not applicable for the event Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round Men Track & road eventsField eventsCombined events – DecathlonWomen Track & road eventsField eventsCombined events – Heptathlon The United States had been represented in one out of five events.
Summary RosterThe following is the United States roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Group play Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze medal final RosterThe following is the United States roster in the women's basketball tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Group play Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal final, they claimed a gold and a bronze. Two boxers lost their first bouts. Four made the quarterfinals, with two falling there, one falling in the semifinal, the fourth taking the gold by going undefeated; the combined record of the nine Americans was 12-8. The U. S. was fifth in the boxing medal count. MenWomenQualification Legend: Q = Qualify to final. S. divers qualified for eight individual diving spots at the 2004 Olympic Games. Three US synchronized diving teams qualified through the 2004 FINA Diving World Cup and the rest of the divers qualified for the Olympics through the 2004 U. S. Olympic Trials for diving. MenWomen Because only three horse and rider pairs from each nation could advance beyond certain rounds in the individual events, five American pairs did not advance despite being placed sufficiently high.
They received rankings below all pairs. "#" indicates that the score of this rider does not count in the team competition, since only the best three results of a team are counted. MenWomen Summary Roster The following is the American squad in the women's football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Head coach: April Heinrichs Group play Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal final Men TeamIndividual finalsWomen TeamIndividual finals Twelve U. S. judoka qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics. MenWomen Four U. S. athletes qualified to compete in the modern pentathlon event through the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The U. S. rowers qualified the following boats: MenWomenQualification Legend: FA=Final A. S. sailors have qualified one boat for each of the following events. MenWomenOpenM = Medal race. S. shooters qualified to compete in the following events: MenWomen SummarySquadResultsGroup Stage All times are Eastern European Time Final Group Standings The top four teams advanced to the semifinal round.
SemifinalsGrand final U. S. swimmers earned qualifying standards in the following events: Swimmers qualified at the 2004 U. S. Olympic Trials. MenWomen Nine U. S. synchronized swimmers qualified a spot in the women's team. Seven U. S. table tennis players qualified for the following events. Ilija Lupulesku and Jasna Fazlić competed for Yugoslavia since the sport made its debut at the 1988 Summer Olympics. MenWomen Two U. S. taekwondo jin qualified to compete. The United States Tennis Association nominated six male and six female tennis players to compete in the tennis tournament. MenWomen Six U. S. triathletes qualified for the following events. Summary Roster The following is the American roster in the men's volleyball tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Head coach: Doug Beal Group play Quarterfinal Semifinals Bronze medal match Roster The following is the American roster in the women's volleyball tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Head coach: Toshi Yoshida Group play Quarterfinals The U. S. men's and women's water polo teams qualified by winning the water polo event at the 2003 Pan American Games.
Summary Roster The following is the American roster in the men's water polo tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Head coach: Ratko Rudić Group play7th to 10th place classification7th place match Roster The following is the American roster in the women's water polo tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. Head coach: Guy Baker Group playSemifinalBronze medal final Five U. S. weightlifters qualified for the following events: The U. S. wrestlers qualified to c
Abhinav Bindra is an Indian businessman and retired professional shooter, a former World and Olympic champion in the 10 metre Air Rifle event. By winning the gold in the 10 metre Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games, it was India's first gold medal since 1980, when the Men's Field Hockey Team won the gold. He is the first and only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time, a feat he accomplished by capturing the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, after having won the gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships. Bindra won the Gold Medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In 2014, Abhinav Bindra joined the GoSports Foundation, Bangalore as a member of their board of advisors. In collaboration with the GoSports Foundation, he will provide support to India's up and coming talented shooters through the Abhinav Bindra Shooting Development Programme.
In May 2016, the Indian Olympics Association appointed Abhinav Bindra as the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio 2016 Olympic Games Indian Contingent. In the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Bindra finished 4th in the finals of the 10 metre Air Rifle Event. On 5 September 2016, Abhinav Bindra announced his retirement. On 30 November 2018, Bindra was bestowed with the prestigious Blue Cross, the ISSF's highest shooting honour. Abhinav Bindra was born into a wealthy Punjabi family, he studied at The Doon School for two years before moving to Chandigarh. In the Kolkata Literary Meet, Bindra said that he had to get in some sports when he was in Doon School and he took up shooting reluctantly, he fell in love with the sport. His parents had an indoor shooting range installed at their home in Punjab, his mentor was Dr. Amit Bhattacharjee, associated with him since the beginning of his career. Bhattacharjee and Lt. Col. Dhillon were the first ones to spot potential in Abhinav. Bindra was the youngest Indian participant at the 2000 Olympic Games.
His current coach is a five-time Olympic shooter Gabriele Bühlmann from Basel, with whom he trained in Germany before the Olympics. At the 2000 Olympics, a 17-year-old Bindra achieved a score of 590, placing him 11th in the qualification round, meaning he did not qualify for the finals since only the top eight competed in the finals. At 15, Abhinav Bindra became the youngest participant in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, his breakthrough, though came when he won a Bronze in the 2001 Munich World Cup with a new junior world record score of 597/600. Bindra was the youngest Indian participant at the 2000 Olympic Games, he won six gold medals at various international meets in 2001. In 2000 he was honoured with the Arjuna Award and the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2001. In the Air Rifle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, he won Gold in the Pairs event. Bindra won Silver in the individual event. In the 2004 Athens Olympics, despite breaking the Olympic record Bindra failed to win a medal.
He was placed third behind Qinan Zhu and Li Jie. In the finals, Abhinav finished with 97.6 points, last in the field of eight, was the only player below 100 points. His sub-par finals dropped him from third to seventh. On 24 July 2006, Bindra became the first Indian shooter to win a World Championship gold in Zagreb. Dr. Karni Singh's Silver in 1962 was the previous best by an Indian in a World Championship meet. At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, he won the Gold in the Pairs event and the Bronze in the Singles event. Abhinav missed the 2006 Asian Games at Doha because of a back injury. After these successes he started suffering from a severe back injury, so much so that he was unable to compete or lift a rifle for a year, upsetting his preparations for the Beijing Games. However, Bindra came back and booked his place in the 2008 Olympics by winning the gold medal at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships with a score of 699.1. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Abhinav Bindra won the gold in the Men's 10m Air Rifle event after shooting a total of 700.5.
He scored 596 in the qualifying round and out-scored all other shooters in the finals with a round of 104.5. In the finals, he started with a shot of 10.7, none of his shots were below 10.0. Bindra was tied with Henri Häkkinen heading into his final shot. Bindra scored his highest of the finals – 10.8 while Hakkinen shot 9.7 to settle for the Bronze medal. It has been alleged that Abhinav Bindra's gun was tampered with between the qualifying and final round of the event, though no official complaint was filed by the Indian contingent; this was India's first individual gold medal at the Olympics, the first gold in 28 years, since the men's field hockey team won the gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Bindra was rewarded by various Indian state governments and private organisations for his achievement; when the 2010 Commonwealth Games were held in New-Delhi, Abhinav Bindra got the honour of being the Indian contingent's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony. He got the honour of taking the athletes' oath on behalf of the 6,700 participants from 71 countries and territories on that occasion.
Abhinav Bindra along with Gagan Narang shot in unison to set a Games record 1193 in 10m air rifle pair's event for men to win the first gold for India in the 19th Commonwealth Games. However the Olympic Champion had to settle for silver in the individual event, his countryman Gagan Narang, who shot a perfect 600 to equal his own world record in men's 10m individual air rifle qualification, won the Gol
Langkawi known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, is a district and an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, adjacent to the Thai border. On 15 July 2008, Sultan Abdul Halim of Kedah consented to the change of name to Langkawi Permata Kedah in conjunction with his golden jubilee celebration. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Langkawi Island, with a population of some 64,792. Langkawi is an administrative district, with the town of Kuah as its largest town. Langkawi is a duty-free island; the name Langkawi is thought to have existed by the early 15th century, although in the 16th century the island of Langkawi was marked on maps variously as Langa, Langka and Langapura. There are many suggestions for the origin of the name of Langkawi. According to one interpretation, Langkawi means island of the reddish-brown eagle, a Brahminy kite in colloquial Malay; the Malay word for eagle is helang, kawi is a red stone used as a chalk to mark goods.
This interpretation was used to create the landmark sculpture of an eagle as the symbol of Langkawi at Dataran Helang in Kuah. Some believed that Langkawi is the same as or related to the Lanka or Langkapuri mentioned in Indian sources; this ancient name Lanka is found in Indian literature from an early period, although the identification of the original Lanka is not certain. Puri or puram in Sanskrit means a city; the name Langkawi is thought to be related to Langkasuka, an old kingdom thought by some to have links with Kedah. Some thought that Langkawi means "many beautiful islands", langka being a Sanskrit word meaning "beautiful" while wi means "many". In 2008, the then-sultan of Kedah, Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, conferred the title of Langkawi Permata Kedah upon the island as part of his golden jubilee as an affirmation of Kedah's ownership over the island. Langkawi had long been at the periphery of, but associated with, the domain of the Kedah Sultanate. Legend tells of a great snake ular besar, the custodian of the Langkawi Islands, to which a new king of Kedah must sacrifice a virgin daughter whenever he first ascended the throne, or when a war was declared with another state.
The island of Langkawi was recorded in history by various travelers to the region. It was called Lóngyápútí in the 14th century by the Yuan dynasty traveler Wang Dayuan, when the Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He visited the region, the island was marked as 龍牙交椅, Lóngyájiāoyǐ, in his map. In the 15th century, it was known to the Acehnese as Pulau Lada "Pepper Island" as they came over to plant pepper. In 1691, the French general Augustin de Beaulieu recorded going to the island of "Lancahui" to buy pepper, de Beaulieu was required to obtain a license from Kedah's heir apparent in Perlis before the penghulu or chief of Langkawi would sell pepper to him. Langkawi was home to seafarers, such as the orang laut or sea people from the southern part of the Malay Peninsula, as well as pirates and fishermen, it had been thought to be cursed for a couple of centuries - according to local legend, in the late 18th century, a woman named Mahsuri was wrongfully accused of adultery and put to death, she placed a curse on the island that would last for seven generations.
Not long after Mahsuri's death, in 1821, the Siamese army invaded Kedah, attacked Langkawi. In the first attack, the locals decided to burn down the granary at Padang Matsirat to starve and drive out the Siamese army; the Siamese finally captured the island in May 1822, killed its leaders, many of the islanders were taken as slaves, while others were forced to flee. Before the Siamese invasion, there was an estimated island population of 3–5000, only a small proportion was left after the invasion; the island was recaptured from Siamese rule in a campaign against the Siamese in 1837. In 1840–1841, the Sultan of Kedah, who went into exile after the Siamese attacks, was allowed to return by the Siamese, the population of Langkawi islands recovered afterwards due to settlement of immigrants from Sumatra. However, the Orang Laut who fled after the Siamese attacks did not returned. In 1909, the islands came under British rule under the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909; the middle of the channel between Tarutao National Park and Langkawi would become the Siamese border, Tarutao would be part of Siam while all the Langkawi islands to the south would come under British rule.
During the World War II, Siam took control as British Malaya fell to the Japanese. Langkawi had been a haven for pirates. In a series of operations, between December 1945 and March 1946, the British cleared the pirates' land base in Langkawi and Tarutao; the British continued to rule until Malaya gained its independence in 1957. Langkawi remained as a quiet backwater until 1986, when the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad decided to transform it into a major tourist resort, helping to plan many of the islands buildings himself; the curse placed by Mahsuri for seven generations was said to have lifted as the 7th generation descendant of Mahsuri who now lives in Phuket Province was born. The island grew as a tourist destination, by 2012, it had received over 3 million tourists a year. Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands separated from mainland Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca, is a district o
Munich is the capital and most populous city of Bavaria, the second most populous German federal state. With a population of around 1.5 million, it is the third-largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, as well as the 12th-largest city in the European Union. The city's metropolitan region is home to 6 million people. Straddling the banks of the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps, it is the seat of the Bavarian administrative region of Upper Bavaria, while being the most densely populated municipality in Germany. Munich is the second-largest city in the Bavarian dialect area, after the Austrian capital of Vienna; the city is a global centre of art, technology, publishing, innovation, education and tourism and enjoys a high standard and quality of living, reaching first in Germany and third worldwide according to the 2018 Mercer survey, being rated the world's most liveable city by the Monocle's Quality of Life Survey 2018. According to the Globalization and World Rankings Research Institute Munich is considered an alpha-world city, as of 2015.
Munich is a major international center of engineering, science and research, exemplified by the presence of two research universities, a multitude of scientific institutions in the city and its surroundings, world class technology and science museums like the Deutsches Museum and BMW Museum.. Munich houses many multinational companies and its economy is based on high tech, the service sector and creative industries, as well as IT, biotechnology and electronics among many others; the name of the city is derived from the Old/Middle High German term Munichen, meaning "by the monks". It derives from the monks of the Benedictine order, who ran a monastery at the place, to become the Old Town of Munich. Munich was first mentioned in 1158. Catholic Munich resisted the Reformation and was a political point of divergence during the resulting Thirty Years' War, but remained physically untouched despite an occupation by the Protestant Swedes. Once Bavaria was established as a sovereign kingdom in 1806, it became a major European centre of arts, architecture and science.
In 1918, during the German Revolution, the ruling house of Wittelsbach, which had governed Bavaria since 1180, was forced to abdicate in Munich and a short-lived socialist republic was declared. In the 1920s, Munich became home to several political factions, among them the NSDAP; the first attempt of the Nazi movement to take over the German government in 1923 with the Beer Hall Putsch was stopped by the Bavarian police in Munich with gunfire. After the Nazis' rise to power, Munich was declared their "Capital of the Movement". During World War II, Munich was bombed and more than 50% of the entire city and up to 90% of the historic centre were destroyed. After the end of postwar American occupation in 1949, there was a great increase in population and economic power during the years of Wirtschaftswunder, or "economic miracle". Unlike many other German cities which were bombed, Munich restored most of its traditional cityscape and hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics; the 1980s brought strong economic growth, high-tech industries and scientific institutions, population growth.
The city is home to major corporations like BMW, Siemens, MAN, Linde and MunichRE. Munich is home to many universities and theatres, its numerous architectural attractions, sports events and its annual Oktoberfest attract considerable tourism. Munich is one of the fastest growing cities in Germany, it is a top-ranked destination for expatriate location. Munich hosts more than 530,000 people of foreign background; the first known settlement in the area was of Benedictine monks on the Salt road. The foundation date is not considered the year 1158, the date the city was first mentioned in a document; the document was signed in Augsburg. By the Guelph Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, had built a toll bridge over the river Isar next to the monk settlement and on the salt route, but as part of the archaeological excavations at Marienhof in advance of the expansion of the S-Bahn from 2012 shards of vessels from the eleventh century were found, which prove again that the settlement Munich must be older than their first documentary mention from 1158.
In 1175 Munich received city fortification. In 1180 with the trial of Henry the Lion, Otto I Wittelsbach became Duke of Bavaria, Munich was handed to the Bishop of Freising. In 1240, Munich was transferred to Otto II Wittelsbach and in 1255, when the Duchy of Bavaria was split in two, Munich became the ducal residence of Upper Bavaria. Duke Louis IV, a native of Munich, was elected German king in 1314 and crowned as Holy Roman Emperor in 1328, he strengthened the city's position by granting it the salt monopoly, thus assuring it of additional income. In the late 15th century, Munich underwent a revival of gothic arts: the Old Town Hall was enlarged, Munich's largest gothic church – the Frauenkirche – now a cathedral, was constructed in only 20 years, starting in 1468; when Bavaria was reunited in 1506, Munich became its capital. The arts and politics became influenced by the court. During the 16th century, Munich was a centre of the German counter reformation, of renaissance arts. Duke Wilhelm V commissioned the Jesuit Michaelskirche, which became a centre for the counter-reform
Shooting at the 2004 Summer Olympics
In shooting at the 2004 Summer Olympics, 390 competitors from 106 nations contested 17 events. The competition took place at the Markopoulo Olympic Shooting Centre, located in the east of the Greek region of Attica. A total of 390 shooters, 253 men and 137 women, from 106 nations competed at the Athens Games: Shooting at the 2003 Pan American Games
Jason Parker (sport shooter)
Jason Parker is an American sport shooter, one of the world's leading 10 m Air Rifle shooters, although he has had some successes in Three positions competitions. He has never won an Olympic medal, but he won the Air Rifle event at the 2002 ISSF World Shooting Championships, he has held the final world record in this event on several occasions. He lost it to Zhu Qinan of China at the 2004 Olympics, but at an ISSF World Cup competition the following spring he equalled Zhu's 702.7 points, they shared the world record until October 2006. In addition to air rifle competition, Jason Parker, a SFC in the United States Army has participated in rifle shoots at 300m, as in the case of the three position standard rifle slow fire event in Conseil International du Sport Militaire shooting competition in Switzerland in 2008, in which he scored a silver medal. Jason Parker, a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, was a member of Xavier's Rifle team from 1992-1996. Parker earned seven All-American citations as a member of the Xavier rifle team, the most for any shooter in school history.
Parker, now a member of the U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit, was an All-American in smallbore rifle shooting as a freshman in 1993 earned honors for both smallbore and air rifle in his final three seasons. Parker was a member of the team. In individual NCAA competition, Parker placed second in smallbore in 1993, in air rifle he placed third in 1994, fourth in 1995 and fifth in 1996. On the international level Parker was a member of the 1998 Munich World Cup Air Rifle Championship Team. While there he won a Gold Medal and set two new world records. Parker scored a world-record 700.6 points to win his event. Parker's qualifying score of 598 out of 600 points set a new world mark. Following his performance in Munich, Parker was named 1998 USA Shooting Male Rifle Shooter of the Year and was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd". Parker followed the honor up by winning a gold medal at the 1999 Masters European Air Rifle Championship; the U. S. Olympic Committee named Parker Shooter of the Year in 1999.
Parker participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He posted the third best qualifying score in Men's 10 meter air rifle before placing fifth in the finals, falling.7 points short of the bronze medal. Parker's profile at ISSF NEWS International Sport Shooting Federation Athlete Biography at beijing2008