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IPC World Cup USA


USA Shooting Hosts First IPC World Cup USA Since 2011, Hosts Rio 2016 Qualifi er in 2015


The USA Shooting Team sent the largest contin- gent to ever compete in a Paralympic World Cup as 16 promising shooters headed to the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) in Fort Benning, Georgia, to compete in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup June 1 – 7. This World Cup marked


the fi rst time the event has returned to the United States since 2011 and was a tremendous opportunity for proven and promising American shooters with physical disabilities to com- pete domestically against some of the best Paralym- pic shooters in the world. Athletes were also eager to earn Minimum Qualifying Scores (MQS) for eligibil- ity to compete in the IPC Shooting World Champion- ships July 17 – 26 in Suhl, Germany, which began the qualifi cation process for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. By the conclusion of the


event, the U.S. left with a bronze medal in the team event of R3 (Mixed 10m Air Rifl e Prone) earned by Tammy Delano (Rome, New York), Josh Budd (USAMU/ Fort Benning, Georgia) and John Joss (USAMU/Corsi- cana, Texas). Though the United States was shut out of the individ-


ual medals, strong perfor- mances were provided by Nick Beach (Dresden, Ohio) and Mike Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) who both earned fourth-place fi nishes in their respective events.


In the R1 (Men’s 10m Air


Rifl e Standing SH1) event, Beach bounced within sec- ond and third place early in the Final, but as the match wore on, he fell further behind. Jay Rivera (Atlanta, Georgia) qualifi ed for the Fi- nals in his World Cup debut to fi nish in eighth place. Tagliapietra qualifi ed for the P3 (Mixed 25m Sport Pistol SH1) Final in fi rst place with a score of 572, but would have to battle again as all Finals begin with a zero start. In a tightly-


contested match for the top-two positions, Tagliapi- etra would eventually face Von Zeuner Kohne of South Africa in the bronze-medal match where he’d pull away to win, 7-1. USA Shooting will once again host IPC World Cup


Athlete


Nick Beach (Dresden, Ohio) Jay Rivera (San Antonio, Texas) Tammy Delano (Rome, N.Y.) John Joss (Corsicana, Texas) Josh Budd (New Britain, Conn.) Jazmin Almlie-Ryan (Houston, Texas) Barbaro Ponce (Atlanta, Ga.) Mariah Beckham (Daleville, Ala.) Mike Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wis.) Shaun Tichenor (Brainerd, Minn.) Len Esparza (Cupertino, Calif.) Kerry Morris (Grand Prairie, Texas) Jeffrey Brown (Pueblo, Colo.)


USA at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Georgia November 3 - 7, 2015. This World Cup, along with those in France and Australia will serve as the 2016 Rio Para- lympic Games qualifi ers in 2015.


Place in Event(s) 4th in R1, 10th in R3,17th in R6 8th in R1


6th in R2, 12th in R3 8th in R5, 8th in R6 11th in R3, 15th in R6 8th in R4, 7th in R5 10th in R4, 11th in R5 11th in R4, 12th in R5


7th in P1, 4th in P3, 6th in P4 8th in P1, 14th in P3, 8th in P4 12th in P1


13th in P1, 13th in P3 16th in P3


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Photo by: Kevin Liles


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