Battle Continues for Men’s 50m Rifle Prone & Women’s 25m Sport Pistol Olympic Nominations
FORT BENNING, Ga. (June 4, 2012)
Two-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) fought his way back into contention for the Men’s 50m Rifle Prone Olympic slot with an impressive performance today at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Smallbore. Emmons dropped two points for 598 match points despite the overcast conditions in Fort Benning, Ga.
With a high final of 104.1, Emmons gained ground after a disappointing 593 points the first match day. Sergeant First Class Eric Uptagrafft (USAMU/Phenix City, Ala.) finished in second today with 598 match points and 101.7 points in the final. Despite the security of an Olympic nomination in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone, Uptagrafft admitted to a few nerves. “It is still stressful because even though you are nominated to the team, you feel like you have to prove that you belong,” said Uptagrafft.
Sergeant First Class Jason Parker (USAMU/Columbus, Ga.) shot 596 match points and 103.3 points in the final for third place in today’s match. Staff Sergeant Michael McPhail (USAMU/Darlington, Wis.) entered the final in third place, but fell to fourth with 102.2 points.
In related Olympic team action, Teresa Meyer (Dearborn, Mich.) brought home top honors in the day’s Women’s 25m Sport Pistol match. She gained ground with 568 match points and 198.1 points in the final. Petty Officer First Class Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.), however, is still the event leader in the hunt for the Olympic spot. Uptagrafft has 1533.3 points and is followed by Libby Callahan (Columbia, S.C.) at 1525.3 and Meyer at 1521.6 points.
The women’s pistol final began with overcast conditions and then lost even more light as the match progressed as the skies opened up for a strong downpour. “Today was a challenging day, but I was able to pull through,” said Meyer. “I had moments of brilliance and that’s what I’m going to try and keep in mind for tomorrow. Sometimes it’s easier to shoot in the rain because I am free to perform and I don’t get stuck in my head.”
In Men’s 10m Air Pistol, strong finals were the theme for today’s national match. 2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team nominee Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) earned the title of National Champion with 1263.6 points. Turner and 2008 Olympic teammate Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) entered the final tied at 1160, but Turner broke ahead with an impressive final of 103.6 points. Beaman finished second for 1260.6 total points. The bronze medalist, U.S. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho), delivered the highest score final of the day—of all events—with 104.3 points. Brown shot 1260.3 points overall. The top three finishers—Turner, Beaman and Brown—also earned appointments to the National Pistol Team.
Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Wash.) gained excellent preparation for the Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position match of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials with a national title in Women’s 50m Rifle Prone. Furrer shot 1187/1200 points to gain a one-point advantage over 2008 Olympian Sandra Fong (New York, N.Y.). Fong, who unofficially equaled the Women’s 50m Rifle Prone world record the first match with 597/600 points, won the silver medal at 1186 points. 2008 Olympian and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team nominee Jamie Gray (Lebanon, Pa.) shot 1183 for the bronze medal.
For complete scores, junior results and squadding, please visit the Match Information page. Men’s 50m Rifle Prone will conclude June 5 with the match (8:00-9:15 a.m. ET) and final (10:00-10:30 a.m. ET). The Women’s 25m Sport pistol final will be held at 11:30 a.m. ET. Both Olympic nominations will be announced immediately following finals.
2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials & USA Shooting National Championships Schedule
June 3-5: Women’s 25m Sport Pistol
June 3-5: Men’s 50m Rifle Prone
June 6-8: Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
June 6-8: Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position
June 7: Women’s 10m Air Pistol (no Olympic quota)
June 7-8: Men’s 10m Air Rifle (Olympians decided in February 2012)
June 9-11: Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position
June 10: Men’s Standard Pistol (non-Olympic event)
June 10-11: Men’s Center Fire Pistol and Junior Men’s Sport Pistol (non-Olympic events)
June 10-11: Women’s 10m Air Rifle (Olympians decided in February 2012)
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for all sports is a collaborative, three-way partnership between the U.S. Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies and the local organizing committees. All athletes nominated to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team must be approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee.