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Junior Athletes Rack Up Medals In Pilsen and Suhl


(Canton, Mo.) teamed up to take fi rst place with a score of 3468. The event got off to a great


Pistol athletes Choi, Shenk, Chung, Townsend and Paterson pose “Charlie’s Angels”-style in Pilsen (All photos in this story submitted by Dawn Faught)


A group of 19 junior athletes


competing in the 23rd Meeting of the Shooting Hopes in Pilsen, Czech Republic, showcased a bright future for USA Shooting. Team USA headed home winners of nine medals in rifl e including fi ve individual and four team medals overall. The three-day junior-only


event featuring 385 competi- tors from 25 nations saw three individual gold medals earned by rifl e standouts Elizabeth Gratz (Sigel, Ill.), Rachel Martin (Per- alta, N.M.) and Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.). Martin and Davis each earned gold in the smallbore (.22 caliber) three-po- sition events while Gratz earned the top podium spot in Air Rifl e. The 17-year-old Gratz also


had a fourth-place fi nish in the women’s prone event to cap


a stellar weekend of shooting. Gratz entered the Air Rifl e fi nal in sixth place with a qualifi cation score of 412.0 but ended up claiming gold in the fi nal with her score of 202.7. In Men’s Three-Position Rifl e,


the fi nal was fi lled with American talent. The cur- rent Air Rifl e National Champion Davis was gold- en once again with his fi rst- place fi nish in Three-Posi- tion Rifl e. In the fi eld of 90 competitors, Davis quali- fi ed with a score of 1156 and won the competition with a score of 453.1 in the fi nal. University of Alaska - Fairbanks standout Ryan An- derson (Fairbanks, Alaska) took silver with a qualifi - cation score of 1163 and a fi nals score of 450.3.


50 USA Shooting News | July 2013 Tyler Rico


(Air Force/ Tucson, Ariz.) f i n i s h e d


fourth with the same score in qualifi cation as Davis of 1156, but a fi nals score of 424.8. In the team competition, Davis, Anderson and Garrett Spurgeon


start Friday for the USA Shooting Team as West Virginia University rifl e product Spurgeon walked away with a medal on day one. Competing in Men’s Prone Rifl e, Spurgeon earned a bronze medal to add to a week of accomplish- ments that also included a junior national title in Men’s Three- Position Rifl e and a runner-up national fi nish in Junior Air Rifl e. Spurgeon was in great position to capture the gold medal with the highest score of 624.8 in qualifying to lead all competitors but couldn’t continue his red-hot shooting throughout the fi nals to fall back to bronze. Spurgeon then teamed up with fellow colle- giate shooters Anderson and Eli- jah Ellis (University of Kentucky/ Kingsport, Tenn.) to earn another team gold medal for Team USA. In pistol, the developing talent of pistol shooter Lydia


Connor Davis won a gold medal in 10m Air Rifl e in Pilsen.


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