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Women’s Sport Pistol top fi nishers: (left to right) Sandra Uptagraff t, Enkelejda Shehaj and Brenda Silva.


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nal day of competition with a comfortable lead, having shot 585 followed by 589. Thrasher also earned 15 additional points, as she SODFHG VHFRQG DQG À UVW LQ WKH À UVW WZR )LQDOV 6KH SXW her three-day total at 1781 ZLWK D À UVW SODFH VKRZ LQJ RQ WKH À QDO GD\ ZKLOH earning six additional points ZLWK D WKLUG SODFH À QLVK LQ the last Final. Thrasher was among


16 shooters vying for one Olympic roster spot for the Women’s Three-Position Ri- Á H 6DUDK 6FKHUHU :REXUQ Massachusetts), a 2012 2O\PSLF À QDOLVW LQ $LU 5LIH À QLVKHG VHFRQG RYHUDOO QLQH points back. Sarah Beard (Danville, Indiana) was third, despite winning two of the three event Finals. A day two stumble in which she did not make the Final by one poin- tultimately cost the reigning National Champion.


Men’s Free Pistol Shi earned the lone Team nomination available in Men’s Free Pistol with his GRPLQDWLQJ À QDO GD\ SHUIRU mance in the competition. In WKH ODVW 4XDOLÀ FDWLRQ PDWFK Shi shot 565–nine points above his nearest competi- tor and a score that would


place him in most World Cup Finals – to extend his lead to 26 points. A native of Beijing, China,


Shi suffered an injury to his right eye at the age of 11. Seeking proper medical care for the damage, his parents moved to the United States and settled in Phoenix. Will Brown (Twin Falls,


,GDKR À QLVKHG LQ VHFRQG place and 2012 Olympian Nick Mowrer (Butte, Mon- WDQD À QLVKHG LQ WKLUG SODFH


Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol Milev beat four other earn


competitors to his


ticket to Brazil and will join his 2012 Olympic team- mate Keith Sanderson (Col- orado Springs, Colorado), who earned his way on to the Olympic Team in 2015 based on strong internation- al results. Milev opened the quali- WR KROG


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a six-point advantage over Alex Chichkov (Temple Ter- race, Florida). He padded that lead on the next day, posting a 587 for an aggre-


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gate of 1,184, 17 points up on


Chichkov. In addition,


Milev’s win in the Day Two Final was only one hit shy of matching the Finals world record of 35 hits.


With his sixth Olympic


team selection securely in hand, Milev wrapped up his trials competition with D Á RXULVK VXUSDVVLQJ WKH world record of 35 hits in a Final to score 37, serving notice that he is aiming for a SRGLXP À QLVK LQ 5LR +H KDG a score of 589 on the last day and closed out with an aggregate score of 1,779. Milev becomes the sec-


ond U.S. Olympic shooter ever to qualify for six Games, behind William McMillan, who appeared at every Games but one from 1952- 1976. McMillan represented the U.S. at all six of his Olym- pic appearances and won gold in 1960. Finishing second was USAMU Staff Sergeant Brad Balsley (Uniontown, Penn- sylvania), the reigning Pan American Games Champion. Finishing one-point behind


in third was Milev’s training partner, Chichkov.


Women’s Sport Pistol The most intense compe- tition of these Olympic Team 7ULDOV FDPH RQ WKH À QDO GD\ DQG À QDO HYHQW :RPHQ·V Sport Pistol. During the two preliminary days of Quali- À FDWLRQ 6KHKDM KDG OHG the Women’s Sport Pistol À HOG E\ D VPDOO PDUJLQ²À YH SRLQWV WKH À UVW GD\ DQG WKHQ six points the second. By the WKLUG DQG À QDO GD\ RI FRP petition, her lead had disap- peared as 2012 Olympian Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) had surged DKHDG LQ 4XDOLÀ FDWLRQ shooting a world-class score of 583 to place her one point ahead of Shehaj prior to the Finals. 2008 Olympian Bren- GD 6LOYD 6QRZÁ DNH $UL]RQD was also within reach of an Olympic slot as she sat just a few points behind Shehaj IROORZLQJ 4XDOLÀ FDWLRQ Not only would the lone


spot in Women’s Sport Pistol for the U.S. be decided in the last Final of the entire com-


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