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Paralympic Notes


IPC World Cup Season Underway With Promising Performances


IPC World Cup - Stoke Mandeville, England The International Para-


lympic Committee (IPC) World Cup season started on March 26 in Stoke Man- deville, England – the birth- place of the Paralympic movement. Starting things off for the U.S. team, Tammy Delano (Rome, N.Y.) fi red a 386.8 for a 10th-place fi n- ish in the R2 SH1 Air Rifl e Standing Women’s event. The R3 SH1 Air Rifl e Prone Mixed event marked some very close calls for the USA Shooting Team. John Joss (Corsicana, Texas) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) fi nished in ninth place with a score of 624.6, only 0.3 out of the Final. The team score


of


1869.5 - including Delano’s 13th-place fi nish and Josh Budd (Fort Benning, Ga. /US- AMU) in 15th - was good for fourth place, just 1.2 points


out of a bronze medal. That team score is good for a new IPC Americas Record. McKenna Dahl (Arlington,


Wash.) fi nished in ninth in the R5 SH2 Air Rifl e Prone Mixed event with a score of 628.2, just 1.4 points out of qualifying for the Final. Delano and Budd’s score


from the R3 event earned them MQS eligibility in that event for the IPC World Championships in Suhl, Ger- many in July. Competition wrapped


with some more solid per- formances by the U.S. team. In P1 Men’s Air Pistol, Shaun Tichenor (Columbus, Ga. / USAMU) was the top U.S. fi nish in 11th place. He was four points out of qualifying for the Final, but earned a MQS slot for World Champi- onships in that event. In R4 SH2 Air Rifl e, Dahl


fi nished in 11th place. The Paralympic team


competed in an IPC-Ap- proved competition in Ha- nover, Germany prior


to


heading to the IPC World Cup in Szczecin, Poland. They’ll compete on home soil in the IPC Rifl e/Pistol World Cup in Fort Benning, Ga. June 1 - 10. The U.S. has not hosted


an IPC World Cup since 2011. Athletes for the World Cup in June are not expect- ed to be named until later in May.


McKenna Dahl featured in ISSF News Dahl was featured in the


latest issue of ISSF News (1:2014) in the Para-Sport Shooting Grows Stronger by the Minute feature. “There will also be a


strong focus on new and emerging young shooting talents, such as 17-year-old USA shooter McKenna Dahl (pictured). Dahl, who was recently named one of the top 10 Para-athletes you should look out on the road to Rio 2016, picked up two top-fi ve fi nishes in R4 (mixed 10m Air Rifl e standing SH2) at the 2013 IPC Shooting World Cups in Stoke Man- deville, Great Britain, as well as Bangkok, Thailand.”


Para-Sport Shooters (From ISSF News 1:2014) Para-sport shooters nor- mally compete in one of two sport classes (SH1 and SH2) based on their func- tional ability, father than im- pairment type. SH1 athletes generally have lower limb impairments and either no upper limb impairments, or an upper limb impairment that does not prevent him/ her from supporting the weight of the rifl e or pistol themselves. Most athletes compete either in a wheel- chair or in a seated position, however, some athletes can and do, stand to shoot. SH2 athletes have more severe upper limb impairments and compete only in rifl e events, using a spring-mounted stand to support the weight of the rifl e. All athletes com- pete from a seated position and some also require a support assistant to load the rifl e.


May 2014 | USA Shooting News


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