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ISSF World Cup USA: Rifl e/Pistol

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

When the USA Shooting

Team kicked off the Inter- national Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup season this year at World Cup USA in Fort Benning, Georgia, they saved the best fi nishes for last. On the fi nal day, six-

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

decisive margin – just prior to the series to determine 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,” 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 Olympics.” The biggest surprise of the entire World Cup came

when 2012 Free Pistol Olym- pian and member of the Pistol National Team Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana) picked up the fi rst interna- tional medal of his career by winning bronze in the 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 58. 2012 Olympian Sarah

Scherer (Woburn, Massa- chussets) picked up the fi rst medal for the United States at the World Cup in the Three-Position Rifl e event. U.S. teammate Amy Sowash (Richmond, Kentucky) also fi nished in fourth place. Scherer’s bronze medal

is the fi rst World Cup medal she has won in this event. Scherer won gold in Air Rifl e at the 2011 World Cup in Changwon, Korea. Competing in his fi rst

World Cup since winning bronze at the 2012 Olym- pic Games in London, Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey) placed sixth in the Three-Position Rifl e event.

Athlete, Finish

George Norton (Fort Benning, Ga.) 11th Ryan Anderson (Wasilla, Alaska) 30th

Bryant Wallizer (Little Orleans, Md.) 37th Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) 15th

Meredith Carpentier (Waukegan, Ill.) 28th Elizabeth Gratz (Sigel, Ill.) 38th Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) 11th

Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) 14th Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) 21st

Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) 15th Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kan.) 21st

Teresa Meyer Chambers (Dearborn, Mich.) 23rd Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) 6th Joe Hein (Mason, Mich.) 26th

Ryan Anderson (Wasilla, Alaska) 35th Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Mass.) Bronze

Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) 4th Erin McNeil (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 12th Nick Mowrer (Butte, Mont.) Bronze

Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wis.) 17th Eric Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) 18th

Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gold

Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Fla.) 12th Brad Balsley (Uniontown, Pa.) 24th

Enkelejda Shehaj (Naples, Fla.) 28th Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) 33rd Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) 9th

James Henderson (Midland, Ga.) 23rd Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) 27th


Men’s Air Rifl e

Women’s Air Rifl e

Men’s Air Pistol

Women’s Air Pistol

Men’s Three- Position Rifl e

Women’s Three-

Position Rifl e

Men’s Prone Rifl e Men’s

Rapid Fire Pistol

Teresa Meyer Chambers (Dearborn, Mich.) 11th Women’s Sport Pistol

Men’s Free Pistol

Keith Sanderson (center) snagged the lone gold medal for the U.S. by winning Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol.

Year in Review 2014 | USA Shooting News


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