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American Juniors Lead Rifle Competition

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 15, 2013) -

Rifle competition was dominated today by two American Juniors competing in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Elizabeth Gratz (Sigel, Ill.) just added another 10m Air Rifle medal to her quickly-growing collection – but this time it’s gold.

The 17-year-old who just took silver in the Junior Women’s Air Rifle competition a little over a week ago at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol claimed the gold over a field of 83 competitors at the 23rd Meeting of the Shooting Hopes, the annual junior-only match featuring up-and-coming talent from 25 countries.

Gratz entered the final in sixth place with a qualification score of 412.0 but ended up claiming gold in the final with her score of 202.7.

2013 National Junior Olympic Three-Position Champion Deanna Binnie (Holsopple, Pa.) finished 24th in the Women’s Air Rifle event and Junior Three-Position National Champion Rachel Martin (Peralta, N.M.) finished 45th. Haylea Broughton (Tulsa, Okla.) finished 56th.

In the 10m Junior Air Rifle team event, Gratz, Martin and Broughton came together for the team event to take 8th place.

In Men’s Three-Position Rifle, the final was filled with American talent. Air Rifle National Champion Connor Davis (right) (University of Kentucky/Shelbyville, Ky.) is golden once again with his first-place finish in Three-Position Rifle. In the field of 90 competitors, Davis qualified with a score of 1156 and won the competition with a score of 453.1 in the final.

University of Alaska - Fairbanks standout Ryan Anderson (Fairbanks, Alaska) took silver with a qualification score of 1163 and a finals score of 450.3. Tyler Rico (Air Force/Tucson, Ariz.) finished fourth with the same score in qualification as Davis of 1156, but a finals score of 424.8.

Garrett Spurgeon (West Virginia University/Canton, Mo.) finished 15th in the event and Elijah Ellis (University of Kentucky/Kingsport, Tenn.) finished 33rd.

In the team competition, Davis, Anderson and Spurgeon teamed up to take first place with a score of 3468.

The rifle team is being led by USA Shooting Board member Janet Raab and 1992 Olympic gold medalist and Air Force Rifle coach Launi Meili.

In 10m Men’s Air Pistol, Wyatt Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) placed 25th, Brian Kim (Los Angeles, Calif.) placed 40th and Paul Chong (Fontana, Calif.) placed 53rd in the field of 65 shooters. In the team event, Brown, Kim and Chong placed 12th of 14 teams.

The pistol team is being led by Assistant National Team coaches Steve Faught, Russ Doucette and En Kim.

For complete results, please visit http://hopes.hyperlink.cz/Hop13/Results/Vy-20130615_Hopes.pdf.  

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