Not one, but TWO events in the upcoming Olympics will include a Kentucky Wildcat.
Mary Tucker, Kentucky’s star Rifle shooter, has clinched her second spot for Team USA in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, qualifying for women’s smallbore earlier on Wednesday in Ft. Benning, GA. The sophomore from Sarasota, FL has already earned a spot in the Olympics for air rifle, which she accomplished last February.
Tucker is the first Kentucky Rifle student-athlete to qualify for both Olympic events. Her teammate, junior Will Shaner, also qualified last February for air rifle and will join Tucker in Tokyo for that event.
Tokyo better get ready for Mary Tucker!
She has earned one of two women’s smallbore spots for Team USA!
— UK Rifle (@UKRifle) May 26, 2021
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which was previously planned for last summer but was postponed due to COVID-19, will begin on July 23, 2021, and run through August 8, 2021.
Below is a list of Tucker’s accomplishments during her time as a Wildcat, provided by UK Athletics:
“The 2020-21 season has been a banner year for Tucker, who most recently shined at the USA Shooting Junior Olympic Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earlier this month. Tucker won gold in smallbore and finished fifth in air rifle at the event.
Earlier this year, Tucker led the Wildcats to their third national championship posting the highest ever team score in the modern format at the NCAA Rifle Championships. The national championship capped an impressive season for the Wildcats that included a new school-record team score and a share of the Great America Rifle Conference Regular-Season Championship.
Tucker’s trophy case continues to grow after she won the International Shooting Sport Federation Women’s Air Rifle 10m Gold Medal in April. That win was on top of her earning the most outstanding performer honor at the NCAA Championships in March. The sophomore took home every top crown possible at the championships, winning smallbore individual gold, air rifle individual gold and the overall crown.
Tucker was tabbed the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Athlete of the Year for the second straight season this year. She also earned three top honors from the CRCA as an aggregate, smallbore and air rifle first-team All-America honoree. This is the second straight season she has earned first-team All-America honors from the CRCA.
During her sophomore season with the Wildcats, Tucker averaged 592.417 in smallbore and 597.75 in air rifle this season for an aggregate average of 1190.167. Tucker had the highest individual smallbore score in the nation this season of 597, while she was the only athlete in the nation to score 595 or higher in smallbore multiple times. In air rifle, Tucker was one of three athletes to post a perfect 600. Overall, Tucker scored a 1195 aggregate twice this season, which was the highest combined score in the nation.”