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IPC World Championships


USA Shooting Team Earns Two Paralympic Quotas At IPC World Championships


earn a valuable Paralympic quota spot for the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, joining rifl e shooter McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Washington, pic- tured), who did so as well in the event of R4 10m Air Rifl e Mixed Standing SH2 while fi nishing 20th overall. Dahl was the third-


Nerves and big-event jit-


ters took a toll on the 10 USA Shooting Team mem- bers participating in the 2014 International Paralym- pic Committee (IPC) World Championships in Suhl, Ger- many. That all ended with a performance from Mike Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) that secured an overall fi nish of eighth place.


Athlete(s)


Tammy Delano (Rome, N.Y.) Josh Budd (New Britain, Conn.) John Joss (Corsicana, Texas) Tammy Delano (Rome, N.Y.) Nick Beach (Dresden, Ohio) Budd/Joss/Delano (Team)


McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Wash.) Jazmin Almlie-Ryan (Houston, Texas) John Joss (Corsicana, Texas) Josh Budd (New Britain, Conn.) Eric Hollen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Mike Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wis.) Shaun Tichenor (Brainerd, Minn.) Hollen/Tagliapietra/Tichenor (Team) Mike Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wis.) Mike Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wis.) Shaun Tichenor (Brainerd, Minn.)


34 Shooting in the P3 25m


Mixed Sport Pistol event, Tagliapietra fi nished fi fth overall in qualifying out of 39 competitors but would have to settle for an eighth- place fi nish after being elim- inated during his fi rst series of shots in the semifi nal. More importantly though, Tagliapietra became the second U.S. competitor to


Place 22 23 29 69 83 13 20 38 22 31 21 36 44 9 8


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USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2014


ranked woman in the event she earned her quota. IPC allocated six slots for men and three for women. “She shot a smart, con-


sistent solid performance, not far off her personal best,” said Foth, a 1992 Olympic silver medalist. While the individuals


themselves haven’t quali- fi ed yet for Rio, the quota spots help in the ongoing


Event R2 (Women’s 10m Air Rifl e Standing SH1) R3 (Mixed 10m Air Rifl e Prone SH1) R3 Team Event R4 (Mixed 10m Air Rifl e Standing SH2) R6 (Mixed 50m Rifl e Prone SH1) P1 (Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1) P1 Team Event


P3 (Mixed 25m Sport Pistol SH1) P4 (Mixed 50m Free Pistol SH1)


process of building depth in the USA Shooting Paralym- pic program that began after the 2008 Paralympic Games and had just two qualifi ers in 2012. The two earned quota spots are in events not con- tested in 2012 by U.S. Para- lympic Team members. USA Shooting team mem-


bers also competed in the Falling Target event for Rifl e and Pistol. While this event is not contested at the Para- lympic level, Tammy Delano (Rome, New York) earned the highest fi nish for the U.S., placing fourth.


Walther Arms is Proud to Sup- port the USA Shooting Para- lympic Program


Walther Arms has been a


leader in the fi rearms industry for almost 130 years. Walther has been renowned through- out the world for its innovation since Carl Walther and his son, Fritz, created the fi rst semiauto- matic pistol in 1908. Today, the innovative spirit of its founders lives on as Walther celebrates 125 years as one of the world’s leading premium manufactur- ers of sporting, defense, and law enforcement fi rearms. In 2014, Walther Arms announce their strengthened contribu- tions to USA Shooting’s Para- lympic program helping to raise the profi le and support neces- sary for America’s top disabled shooting sports competitors.


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