Parker Finds an Early Lead in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Smallbore

FORT BENNING, Ga. (June 9, 2012)

TrialsSergeant First Class Jason Parker (USAMU/Columbus, Ga.) took a commanding lead in today's Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Smallbore.  Shooting on his home range in Fort Benning, Ga., Parker fired 1166 match points and 101.5 in the final for 1267.5 total points. 

Parker competed earlier this week in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone and finished fourth overall.  In May, Parker finished his ISSF World Cup season on a high note with a gold medal in Milan in his specialty—Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position.  Parker was also a top-10 athlete in London and brings a wealth of experience from three previous Olympic Games.  He won the national championship last year on his home range with a very comfortable 10-point plus margin, and proved his shooting is on top again today. 

Specialist Joseph Hall (USAMU/Carrollton, Ga.) shot 1160 points to finish in second.  Just over eight points behind Parker, Hall certainly isn’t out of the race just yet.  He kept pace in the final with 99.1 points and has 1259.1 points overall.  U.S. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Matt Wallace (Fairbanks, Alaska) is in fourth at 1255.7 points.  Michael Matthews (Johns Creek, Ga.), a junior shooter at the U.S. Military Academy is in fourth with 1256.8 points. 

After winning the junior category in yesterday’s National Championship Men’s 10m Air Rifle match with an impressive final, Garrett Spurgon (Canton, Mo.) once again showed the crowd he knows a thing or two about the finals shooting.  Spurgeon fired 101.5 points in the final to tie Parker for the designation of highest final and is fifth overall with 1254.5 points.  Resident Athlete Tom Csenge (Colorado Springs, Colo.) shot 1253.4 points for sixth place and Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Joseph Hein (Mason, Mich.) are just six-tenths apart with 1251.8 and 1251.2 respectively. 

Two more match days remain until the final athlete is nominated to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.  In National Championship competition, tomorrow brings the first match of Women’s 10m Air Rifle as well as Men’s Standard and Centerfire Pistol and Junior Men’s Sport Pistol. For scores, please visit the Match Information Page