World Cup Munich: Milev Scores a Quota!

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 20, 2011)

In the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event, the USA’s Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Fla.) was the bronze medal winner. Not only did Milev (pictured) earn a spot on the podium, but a very important second quota for the USA. This quota now allows two Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol shooters to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. Milev shot 583 qualification points for an opportunity at the new finals format. With a solid start of 4, 5 and 3 hits, Milev finished with 25 total hits for the bronze medal. National Pistol Coach Sergey Luzov said, “Milev wasn’t holding anything back—he was ready to attack, he approached the match today ready to win. He got distracted by the target malfunction in the final, but he returned strong after only 15 seconds of prep time. Now we have two great American rapid fire shooters who have won quotas and are promising medal potential for the 2012 Olympic Games.” The gold medalist was Germany’s Christian Reitz, the winner of the last ISSF World Cup stage in the USA. Reitz fired 583 qualification points and 33 hits in the final. Reitz’s teammate Ralf Schumann was the silver medalist with 581 qualification hits and 49 points in the shoot-off to advance to the final. In the final, Schumann shot 31 hits. The USA’s Sergeant First Class Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished in eighth place. Sanderson shot 581 qualification points to tie Schumann and Vietnam’s Thanh Ha Minh for one spot in the final. Sanderson fired 44 points to Ha Minh’s 47 points. American teammate Corporal Brad Balsley (Uniontown, Pa.) finished nineteenth with 575 points.

Top-ranked Sergi Martynov of Bulgaria was the gold medalist in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone with 598 qualification points and a high-scoring final of 105.3 points. Martynov made every shot count in the final with nothing less than a 10.3. The silver medalist was Kenneth Nielsen of Denmark with 598 qualification points and 103.4 points in the final to finish with 701.4 total points. The bronze medalist was Daniel Brodmeier of Germany with 599 qualification points and 102.2 points in the final for 701.2 total points. The USA’s Sergeant Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wisc.) finished in sixteenth place with 596 points. Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) shot 594 qualification points and Sergeant First Class Eric Uptagraftt (Phenix City, Ala.) finished with 592 qualification points.

For complete scores and rankings, please visit the ISSF Website.

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