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Rifl e Selection Match


BY KEVIN NEUENDORF MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR


Olympians Earn World Cup Spots At Winter Selection Match


Emmons, McPhail and Furrer earned slots to represent the USA Shooting Team at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Changwon, Korea in April.


With eyes on securing


Olympic quotas in 2015, Olympians Matt Emmons, Michael McPhail and Aman- da Furrer were among the seven athletes to earn a World Cup spot for April’s season-opener in Chang- won, Korea during January’s Winter Selection Match. This Selection Match


hosted at the Olympic Train- ing Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado was used to determine the Three-Po- sition and Prone Rifl e com- petitors for the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Korea, April 8-16, as well as serve as Part 1 of the selection process for the smallbore


rifl e teams at the World Cups in Fort Benning, Georgia and Munich, Germany in May. World Cups have added


signifi cance for these rifl e athletes in 2015 as the four ISSF World Cups and the Pan American Games mark the remaining opportunities for athletes to earn quota slots for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Emmons (Browns Mills,


New Jersey) along with South Dakota sharpshoot- er Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) earned two nominations each in Prone and Three- Position. Emmons was spec- tacular throughout, beating


the Finals National Record score in Prone Day 1 and topping a world-record Fi- nals score in Three-Position on his way to a 20-point vic- tory in that event. McPhail (U.S. Army


Marksmanship Unit/Darling- ton, Wisconsin) was similarly impressive in Prone, edging Emmons by nearly seven points off the strength of a Day 1 performance that saw him eclipse a world-record score in Qualifying. The surprise of the match


was turned in by Texas Christian University junior Hannah Black (Richmond, Virginia) who got hot at the right time to earn the top position in Women’s Three-


Position. The 591 she shot on her second day of compe- tition was one off the pace of the world record and 12 points higher than her Day 1 score. The women’s event was easily the most tightly contested of any event all week. Furrer made the team over West Virginia University freshman Elizabeth Gratz (Sigel, Illinois) by virtue of 10 more center-10s after the two tied in overall score. Amy Sowash (Richmond, Kentucky) fi nished second. A similar pistol selection


camp and match was held in late February in Colorado Springs to determine com- petitors for the Changwon World Cup in Rapid Fire, Free and Sport Pistol events. Air Rifl e and Pistol competi- tors for the Changwon World Cup were selected at the Winter Airgun Champion- ships in Colorado Springs in December. See page 40 for a recap


of the Smallbore Pistol Se- lection Match.


Michael McPhail of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit won the Prone Rifl e event and will once again head to Changwon, Korea where he won a silver in Prone in 2013.


34 USA Shooting News | March 2015


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