Wednesday, April 29, 2009
US Olympic Shooting Team Updates
Sanderson Captures Rapid Fire Gold in Beijing
Keith Sanderson (San Antonio, Texas), a 2008 Olympian, claimed the gold medal in the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at the 2009 ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Beijing today. Sanderson won the gold on the same range where he finished in fifth place at the 2008 Olympic Games last August in the same event.
Sanderson entered the final round in first place after shooting a match score of 584 points and maintained his lead through the final to finish on top of the podium after firing 196.5 points in the final, finishing with an overall score of 780.5 points.
2009 Rifle/Pistol National Junior Olympic Championships Winners
Over 300 of the nation’s best junior rifle and pistol shooters gathered at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. April 3-19 to compete for National Junior Olympic (JO) titles. The 2009 USA Shooting Rifle/Pistol National Junior Olympic Championships was an exciting 17-day event that began with the rifle competition and concluded with the pistol events.
Junior shooters from all over the United States competed in nine out of the 10 rifle/pistol events that are contested at the Olympic Games. Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol is the only Olympic event that is not fired at the JOs, but the Junior Sport Pistol event for both men and women will likely be included in the competition schedule for the 2010 National Junior Olympic Championships.
Michael McPhail Wins Bronze in Prone at Beijing World Cup
Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wis.) claimed the second medal of the 2009 ISSF World Cup season for the U.S. today by taking home the bronze medal in the Men’s 50m Prone Rifle event at the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Beijing, China.
McPhail, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), entered the final in seventh place with a match score of 594 points and fired the highest final score of 104.7 to climb all the way to third place, finishing with a total of 698.7 points and only missing the silver by one tenth of a point.
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