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City, Alabama) had more points in the two days of his 300m Prone event than anyone else, and tied with McPhail on overall


points


during the qualifi cation only to lose out on a medal by three center 10s. But there were medals


Alex Chichkov won gold medals in Junior Men’s Standard and Sport Pistol.


(Muncy, Pennsylvania) and bronze medalist in Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas), six other top-10 performers, six team medalists, and one world record (Junior Wom- en’s Skeet Team).


In con-


clusion, the performance in Granada erased any doubt that this will go down as one of the greatest years in his- tory of any competitive shot- gun program in the world. You want to know how


you lift a program. You go out and win not one, but two, World titles in your sport and see what happens. That’s effectively what 20-year-old Alex Chichkov (Temple Ter- race, Florida) has done with a performance for the ages. The top individual perfor- mance out of this World Championships was engi- neered by a Junior athlete in a discipline long in need of a standout performer.


In


winning world titles in both Sport and Standard Pistol, Chichkov became the fi rst U.S. pistol athlete, open or junior, to ever win two World Championship titles at one event. Even within the sto- ried rifl e program it is not that common, particularly since 1972. Glenn Dubis


won two world titles in 1990, the last USA Shooting Team member to accomplish the feat until today. Chichkov is just the fi fth junior all-time since events began in pis- tol in 1989 to earn multiple world titles in a single event. The rifl e squad was ad-


mittedly young coming into the World Championships. They leave Granada with the experience of a big-time match that will serve them well in pursuit of Rio. Rec- ognize that this team is a work in progress after the retirement of team stalwarts in Olympic gold medalist Ja- mie Beyerle Gray (Lebanon, Pennsylvania), Jason Parker (Omaha, Nebraska), now an Assistant Team Coach, and the injury withdrawal to per- haps the team’s top gun cur- rently on the women’s side in Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Massachusetts). Four near misses and the


results could have been dif- ferent. Reya Kempley (Car- son City, Nevada) in 300m Prone missed a medal by


Phillip Jungman won bronze in Junior Men’s Skeet.


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one point despite shoot- ing a better score than all competitors and registering more center 10s than any- one else. Similarly, Amy So- wash fi nished one point out in Women’s 50-meter Three- Position. Michael McPhail (USAMU/Darlington, Wis.) , a 2012 Olympian, was .3 points away from a spot in the fi nals of Men’s 50m Prone. Similar to Kempley, two-time Olympian Eric Up- tagrafft (USAMU/Phenix


too. Junior shooter Katie Bridges (Kingsland, Texas) earned a bronze medal in women’s prone while Lo- relie Stanfi eld fi n- ished just behind in fourth. Another junior, Mindy Miles (Weatherford, Tex- as) made the Wom- en’s Air Rifl e fi nal and fi nished eighth.


Erin McNeil (USAMU/Fort Wayne, Indiana) scored two top-10 fi nishes in 300-meter including a bronze on the fi nal day in Three-Position. McPhail would be success- ful in capturing his fi rst ever individual World Champion- ship medal in 300m Prone while also teaming up with Uptagrafft and Joe Hein (US- AMU/Mason, Michigan) for team silver in the event.


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