Rapid Fire Pistol Athletes Named to World Championship Team


Three more names were added to the USA Shooting Team roster for the upcoming International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championship as the Rapid Fire event wrapped today at the Spring Selection Match for Rifle/Pistol in Fort Benning, Ga.

Two-time Olympian Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) continued his winning ways by finishing first in this Selection Match. Just over a month ago he also won gold at the ISSF World Cup on this same range.

Sanderson will be joined by five-time Olympian Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Fla.) and Brad Balsley (Uniontown, Pa.) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU). Milev was two points behind Sanderson in second place entering this match. Over the two days of Qualification and Finals, Milev tied Sanderson in points and was unable to overcome the deficit from the March match in Colorado Springs, Colo. Milev has most recently won gold in the 2013 ISSF World Cup Finals.

Sanderson, Milev and Balsley will join the seven rifle/pistol and 15 shotgun athletes named to the team thus far at upcoming ISSF World Cup competition in Munich, Germany, Maribor, Slovenia, and most importantly, the World Championship in Granada, Spain.

In Men’s Prone Rifle, Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) climbed atop the leaderboard with one day left in competition by earning the top qualifying score and a first-place finish in today’s Finals. Emmons holds a 1.2 point lead on his 2012 Olympic teammate Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wis. /USAMU) who currently sits in second place. David Higgins (San Clemente, Calif.) is in third place.

In Women’s Three-Position Rifle, 2012 Olympian Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Mass.) has jumped out to a 14-point lead ahead of tomorrow’s last Qualification and Final. Her Olympic teammate Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Wash.) is currently in second place, and Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) and Emily Quiner (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) are currently tied for third.

In rifle, nine more slots remain in the Three-Position Rifle disciplines as well as Men’s Prone. Men’s Three-Position Rifle begins Tuesday with last shots fired Thursday.  Another 30 junior-level performers will be added to the team following final selection at the USA Shooting National Championships in late June.  The 90-person squad is easily the largest USA Shooting team assembled every four years. 

For complete results of USA Shooting’s Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection Match, click here:

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