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Team will occur for each event pending the last Fi- nal of the given event. Only those


athletes who have


earned a 2016 Rio Quali- fying Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) will be eligible


2015 when Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wisconsin/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey) secured their slots via the


Olympic start in the event. While excelling in Men’s 7KUHH 3RVLWLRQ 5LÁ H PRVW recently winning gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup 2016 season opener in Bangkok, Thailand and the 2015 World Cup Final, Emmons has shown just as much prowess in the Prone event by winning a gold at the 2004 and silver at the


Emmons earned one of the Olympic country quotas in Men’s Prone Rifl e and will look to earn the double-Olympic start in the event.


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Trials for Smallbore will con- sist of three straight days of competition for each event, IHDWXULQJ WKUHH 4XDOLÀ HUV and three separate Finals. Each day’s qualifying scores and points from the event Finals will be added to each competitor’s score to get a cumulative total. Nomina- tions to the U.S. Olympic


to compete in this Olympic Team Trial. Five slots on the Team


will be up for grabs among the 61 athletes competing – one each in Women’s Three- 3RVLWLRQ 5LÁ H 6SRUW 3LVWRO 0HQ·V 3URQH 5LÁ H 5DSLG Fire Pistol and Free Pistol. Three of the slots for small- bore athletes were already claimed at the conclusion of


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the Olympic country quotas LQ 0HQ·V 3URQH 5LÁ H DQG will look to earn the double-


also won World Cup gold and silver in 2015 in the event. Look for two-time Olympian Eric Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama/USAMU) to chal- lenge for the second Prone 5LÁ H TXRWD DV ZHOO


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