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Air Pistol Athletes Compete at the Paralympic Games

RIO DE JANEIRO (September 9, 2016)

On the second day of competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, four first-time Paralympians took their first shots on the world’s largest stage in the P1 (Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1) and P2 (Women’s 10m Air Pistol SH1) shooting events. Though none of these athletes advanced to the day’s Finals, all four now have Tokyo firmly in their sights.

Tricia Downing (Denver, Colorado, pictured right) may have kicked off the day by finishing in 19th place (337) in the P2 event, but she also made U.S. Paralympic history in the process.

“I learned a lot [in this match], Downing said. “I learned a lot this week, in this competition, and I’ve just learned a lot of things that I can just do better. We’re just going to call it an American Female Pistol record since I’m the first female pistol shooter to compete for the United States! I’m just grateful to be here and have the Paralympics under my belt. This was really a ‘bonus Paralympics’ for me as I was shooting for 2020, so now I know what I need to do, what I want to do and how to get in position to hopefully win a medal in 2020.”

Downing was named to Team USA less than a week before the team departed for Rio due to reallocated Paralympic Games quotas. Learn more about Tricia Downing here: http://triciadowning.com/blog/paralympic-journey-isnt-til/.

2012 Paralympic Games bronze medalist Sareh Javanmardidodmani won the gold medal in the P2 event. Olga Kovalchuk of Ukraine won silver and Aysegul Pehlivanlar of Turkey won bronze.

In the afternoon’s P1 event, self-described pistol novice Marco DeLaRosa (San Antonio, Texas, pictured right) was the highest finisher for the United States in 25th place (550), followed by Michael Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) in 30th place (541) and Shaun Tichenor (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Brainerd, Minnesota) in 32nd place (523).

“All in all, it was a great experience,” said DeLaRosa. “It’s been surprising, stunning, new – you know, since I got the call [that I was coming to the Games] a week-and-a-half ago! Sure, more training would have helped since I wasn’t expecting this, but I want Tokyo. Working with [Paralympic Assistant Coach Armando Ayala], I know my scores are going to shoot up. Right now, I’m still a novice. I’m super new. I’m going to get some good training and I know that soon enough, I can do some damage!”

DeLaRosa and Tichenor were added to the Paralympic Team within the week of departure along with Downing due to the reallocated Paralympic Games quotas. Learn more about their journey to the Games: http://www.usashooting.org/news/2016/8/26/854-usamus-shaun-tichenor-added-to-2016-us-paralympic-team.

Chao Yang of China won the gold medal in P2, followed by Server Ibragimov of Uzbekistan for silver and Damir Boznjak of Croatia for bronze.

For complete results from P1 and P2 at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, please visit: https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/shooting.

Tammy Delano (Rome, New York) and John Joss (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Corsicana, Texas) will compete in R3 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1) and McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Washington) and Jazmin Almlie-Ryan (Houston, Texas) will compete in R4 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2) tomorrow in the shooting events at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Delano, Joss and former teammate Josh Budd won a team bronze medal in the R3 event at the 2014 IPC World Cup in Fort Benning, Georgia. Joss is the current American record holder in the event and won a gold medal of his own at the 2013 IPC World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand. The pair, however, will face stiff competition as all three podium finishers from World Championships and the 2012 Paralympic Games will be competing. Recently-crowned R2 (Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1) gold medalist Veronica Vadovicova of Slovakia will also be competing and holds the Qualification and Finals World Records for this event.

Almlie-Ryan has made two Finals in the R4 event in the past two years, finishing in fourth place at IPC World Cup Bangkok and eighth place at IPC World Cup USA. Dahl also finished in fifth place in this event at World Cup Bangkok. Favorites in this event include Paralympic and IPC World Cup medalists Michael Johnson of New Zealand, Ryan Cockbill of Great Britain and Vasyl Kovalchuk of Ukraine.

For more information about the Shooting events at the 2016 Paralympic Games, please visit: https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/shooting.

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