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World Cup USA

Brown and Christenson Take Gold, Silver at World Cup USA

The U.S. had a strong show-

ing at Fort Benning, Ga. as the team earned two medals with a Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) gold in Men’s 10m Air Pistol and a Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) silver medal in the Men’s 10m Air Rifl e at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup series May 4 - 13. Brown becomes just the 11th American pistol shooter all-time

of things to come from the new- ly-minted Olympic Training Cen- ter resident athlete who can now call Colorado Springs home, thus helping him secure the training environment he relishes. “It’s allowed me to focus on

what I want to do in this sport,” said the 22-year-old South Da- kota native. “Being able to shoot at the Training Center, everything just opens up because you don’t

by the larger teams and host na- tions. Team USA had eight com- petitors on the fi ring line during the event. Davis fi nished fourth at the NCAA Rifl e Champion- ships for the University of Ken- tucky and as his score proves to- day is a rising force in the Men’s Air Rifl e event. Dan Lowe (Olym- pia, Wash.) also shot a qualifying score worthy of fi nals placement as well.

Rifl e fi nals of the ISSF World Cup series placing seventh after a previous silver medal-fi nish in Changwon, Korea in April.


an event that demands perfec- tion and where anything but 10 or higher is the only score good enough, McPhail’s second fi nal string in which he shot 9.8 and 9.9 in between a 10.4 would ultimately seal his fate if even by the slightest margin - a mere 1/10th of a point away from ad- vancing. McPhail shot a 621.6

Will Brown won his fi rst World Cup gold medal in his fi rst-ever World Cup fi nal in 10m Air Pistol.

to advance to the fi nal with the seventh-highest score on his home range.

(male or female) to win a World Cup gold and becomes just the third USA Shooting Team mem- ber to ever win gold in the Air Pistol event since ISSF World Cups began in 1986 (124 World Cups) joining teammate Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.) and Erich Buljung who each recorded two. It was also a strong World Cup debut for Christenson and National Rifl e Coach Marcus Raab.

It was the World Cup debut of Christenson and a hopeful sign

have all these other obligations and you can focus everything you have on what you want to do.” ISSF rules limiting World Cup

entries by nation perhaps cost Team USA another medal or two durig the Men’s 10m Air Rifl e fi - nal as collegiate standout Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.) scored a good enough qualifying score to make the eight-person fi nals. Though ISSF limits entries per event, they do provide wildcard entries and out-of-competition slots that are typically consumed

20 USA Shooting News | July 2013

This ISSF World Cup includ- ed 10 Olympic Rifl e and Pistol events comprised of 290 ath- letes from 40 nations. Three new World Records and two new Ju- nior World Records were scored throughout this World Cup Stage. Keith Sanderson (Kailua, Ha- waii) also got in on the highlights for the U.S. squad with a fi fth- place fi nish in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol.

Olympian Michael McPhail

(Darlington, Wis.) earned a second-straight trip to the Prone

Christenson fi nished in 18th- place with a 619.4 while two- time Olympian Eric Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) shot a 619.3 to fi nish one place behind in 19th. Daniel Lowe (Olympia, Wash.) continued his strong scores in his fi rst World Cup experiences. Competing in a non-qualifi er spot for Team USA, Lowe’s 624.1 would have qualifi ed him fourth. His score in the Air Rifl e event would have provided him a simi- lar fate. Matt Chezem (Simi Valley, Calif.) scored a 620.6 in a non- qualifying start as well. The U.S. men struggled in the 50m Free Pistol event with 2008 Olympic Air Pistol bronze medal- ist Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) turning in the highest total of 552 to fi nish 16th overall. Four-

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