McPhail and Uptagrafft Emerge as Top Contenders for Olympic Spots

FORT BENNING, Ga. (June 3, 2012)

BenningStaff Sergeant Michael McPhail (USAMU/Darlington, Wis.) demonstrated his world-class form today with a near-perfect match in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Smallbore.  McPhail shot 599/600 points on his home range at the U.S. Army Marksmanship’s (USAMU) Poole Range in Fort Benning, Ga. 

McPhail continued to shine with the highest final of 105.4 points—all ten shots in his final recording 10.0 or higher.  He has been on top of his game as of late with a fourth place finish at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Milan and a bronze medal from the “London Prepares” World Cup.  Eager to make his first U.S. Olympic Team, McPhail currently holds a six-point lead over the competition with two more competition days. 

USAMU teammate and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team nominee Sergeant First Class Eric Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) is currently in second place with 598 match points and 103.7 points in the final.  Uptagrafft, who achieved his Olympic nomination via the point system, is competing in Trials in order to further preparation for London.  Also wearing the yellow and black is third place athlete Sergeant First Class Jason Parker (Columbus, Ga.).  Parker entered an eight way shoot-off for two spots and shot his way up with 104.1 points for a total of 698.1. 

In Women’s 25m Sport Pistol, Petty Officer First Class Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) is less than a point ahead of Libby Callahan (Columbia, S.C.).  Callahan entered the final with 572 match points for the first position, but all athletes struggled in the final with distractions from range malfunctions.  After all issues were resolved, Uptagrafft edged out Callahan with a high final of 199.5 points.  Callahan shot 196.7 points for 768.7 total points.  In third place is Nora Melamed (Novato, Calif.) with 565 match points and 196.1 points in the final.

U.S. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) lit up the Men’s 10m Air Pistol match.  Brown shot a solid score of 583 points to take an early lead.  He is followed by 2012 U.S. Olympic Team nominee Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) and Cody Owsley (Toganoxie, Ks.) with 581 and 580 points respectively.  The air pistol shooting concludes tomorrow with a match and final at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Also, in Women’s 50m Rifle Prone 2008 Olympian Sandra Fong (New York, N.Y.) leads with 597 match points.  Fong and several other female rifle shooters are using this match as training for the Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position event beginning on June 6, where one U.S. Olympic Team member will be nominated.  National Teammate Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Wash.) and Katie Bridges (Kingsland, Texas) are tied with 594 points.  As a non-Olympic event, the Women’s 50m Rifle Prone medalists will be decided from the aggregate of two matches—no finals.  

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2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials & USA Shooting National Championships Schedule

June 3-4: Men’s 10m Air Pistol (Olympians decided in February 2012)

June 3-4: Women’s 50m Rifle Prone (non-Olympic event)

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)

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