Milev is the New National Champion!

FORT BENNING, Ga. (July 6, 2011)

Riding a wave of successful shooting as of late, Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Fla.) claimed a National Title today in Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol. Milev shot the highest qualification score of 1166 points to earn the first firing position in the final. In the new International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) finals format, Milev was the uncontested champion with 30 hits. With the duel down to two shooters, Milev faced Sergeant Brad Balsley (Uniontown, Pa.) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU). After gaining a two point lead in the final, Milev sealed his fate with five out of five hits. Though he was behind, Balsley echoed with five out of five hits despite a gun malfunction. Balsley won silver medalist with 1163 match point and 28 hits in the final. Corporal Sean Ragay (Columbus, Ga.) won the bronze medal with 1139 match points and 22 hits in the final. John Bickar (Menlo Park, Calif.) finished in fifth place with 1145 match points and 11 hits in the final. Junior shooter Alexander Chichkov (Temple Terrace, Fla.) shot 1101 match points and 5 hits in the final to finish in fifth place. Anatoly Pikman (Short Hills, N.J.) shot 1080 match points and 13 hits in the final to finish in fourth place.

In Men’s 25m Standard Pistol, a non-Olympic event, Ragay was the gold medalist with 1135 match points. The silver medalist was Balsley with 1128 points. USAMU teammate Sergeant Thomas Rose (Columbus, Ga.) finished with the bronze medal at 1127 match points. Also contested on the 25m range was Men’s Standard Pistol, which is also a non-Olympic event. Specialist Greg Markowski (Columbus, Ga.) shot 116 match points for the gold medal. USAMU teammates rounded out the podium with Rose in second place at 1167 points and Balsley in third with 1163 match points.

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