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World Cup USA: Rifl e/Pistol

Shooting Team Kicks Off World Cup Season On Home Soil With One Gold, Two Bronze

Matt Emmons competes in fi rst World Cup event since his bronze-medal win at the Olympics in London; Nick Mowrer makes history by competing in Men’s Prone Rifl e and winning bronze.

When the U.S. Shooting

Team kicked off the Inter- national Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup season this year at World Cup USA in Fort Benning,

gold and silver medals, Sanderson was leading by fi ve hits (there are only fi ve targets in Rapid Fire Pistol). “That (fi nal series) was the most nerve wracking,”

Olympics.” Sanderson got out to the

lead early. During the fi rst elimination series, he was tied for fi rst with Alexi Klimov and Viatcheslav Kalioujnyi of

how he approaches pre- event training; even his tim- ing for each aspect of Rapid Fire Pistol competition. “I’ve trained in the last week or so specifi cally for the Final and to have a good performance in the Final and guess it worked out.”

Keith Sanderson (center) snagged the lone gold medal for the U.S. by winning Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol at the ISSF World Cup for Rifl e/Pistol in Fort Benning, Ga.

The biggest surprise of

Ga., they saved the best fi n- ishes for last. On the fi nal day, six-

time World Cup medalist and 2011 World Cup Finals bronze medalist Keith Sand- erson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) claimed the lone gold medal for the U.S. in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol. Sanderson won gold by a

decisive margin – just prior to the series to determine

he said. “The funny thing is you know you’ve won, you’ve already won and you could put the gun down and not shoot and you’re still going to win, but that was by far the hardest string I’ve shot all week…Your heart’s beat- ing a million miles an hour, your muscles are moving in and out, I haven’t felt that much pressure since I was in the Final in Beijing in the

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Russia. When each shooter only got one hit, Sanderson took the lead and never looked back. “I’ve had to relearn how

to shoot, and go back to doing things like I used to, before the injury” said Sand- erson, who is coming off surgery to his shooting arm. Sanderson said he has been having to tweak everything from how he warms up, to

the entire World Cup came when 2012 Free Pistol Olym- pian and member of the Pis- tol National Team Nick Mow- rer (Butte, Mont.) picked up the fi rst international medal of his career by winning bronze in the Men’s Prone Rifl e event. That’s right – he won a

medal in Prone Rifl e. Mowrer became the fi rst American to compete internationally in two different guns (pistol and rifl e). Mowrer qualifi ed for the Final in seventh place with a score of 626.4. Read more about Mowrer’s jour- ney to the Prone Rifl e medal podium on page 46. 2012 Olympian Sarah

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