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U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun


U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun To Be Contested Over Two More Matches


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athletes will punch their tick- ets to Rio following the con- clusion of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun June 3 – 5 in Camp Perry, Ohio. The top ten athletes in each discipline from the À UVW SDUW RI WKH 8 6 2O\PSLF Team Trials for Airgun in De- cember – also known as the 2015 Winter Airgun Cham- pionships – have already earned a spot to compete in Camp Perry, as long as they also have the Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) from an ISSF-sanctioned event. 7KRVH ZKR GLG QRW À QG WKHP selves in the top 10 or were unable to compete at the À UVW SDUW RI WKH 8 6 2O\PSLF Team Trials will get a second chance at a “last chance” match May 13 – 15 in Col- orado Springs, Colorado. There they will have to earn a score equal to or greater than the tenth-place cumu- lative score from the match in December to advance to the match in Camp Perry. The scores from the “last


chance” match or Winter Air- gun Championships will not FDUU\ RYHU WR WKH À QDO SDUW RI the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June. The top athlete in :RPHQ·V $LU 5LÁ H :RPHQ·V Air Pistol and Men’s Air Pis- tol following the U.S. Olym- pic Team Trials for Airgun in June will earn a nomination to the Olympic Team. The top two athletes in Men’s Air


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formance at the Winter Air- gun Championships came in Men’s Air Pistol from Will Brown (Twin Falls,


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SLFWXUHG ZKR À QLVKHG WKH match with a 17-point lead on his nearest competitor, as well as posting a world- class qualifying score of 587 RQ WKH À QDO GD\ RI WKH PDWFK It was a much tighter com-


petition on the Women’s Air Pistol side as Courtney An- thony (Lexington, Nebraska) À QLVKHG WKH WKUHH GD\ PDWFK with a mere one-point lead on Alexis Lagan (Salt Lake City). Sarah Beard (Danville, Indiana) led the Women’s $LU 5LÁ H FRPSHWLWLRQ E\ MXVW 1.9-points over 2012 Olym- pian Sarah Scherer (Wo- burn, Massachusetts).


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dra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) and Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Kentucky). Uptagrafft


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Will Brown fi nished the fi rst part of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun with a 17-point lead. Though scores don’t carry over, Brown has proven to be a contender for the Men’s Air Pistol position.


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son Turner (Rochester, New York) missed out on the top ten in the December match by one point will also com- pete at the “last chance” match to hopefully move on to the last part of Trials. Look for his 2008 Olympic team- mate Brian Beaman (Selby, South Dakota) and 2012


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