USA Shooting Athletes Wrap Up Quota Match in Croatia

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 15, 2015)


Paralympic athletes from the USA Shooting Team wrapped up the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup in Osijek, Croatia Tuesday after a week of competition and quota opportunities. The IPC World Cup was the first 2015 opportunity the team had to earn Paralympic quota spots for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Mike Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) found success with two top-six finishes. Tagliapietra finished fourth in the P5 10M Air Pistol Standard SH1 event after a shoot-off for third. He then finished sixth in the P3 25m Pistol Mixed SH1 match. Already having earned a quota during World Championships last year, Tagliapietra was ineligible to earn another quota from his finals finish in Croatia. Tagliapietra also finished 35th in the P1 10m Air Pistol SH1 match, tying fellow teammate Shaun Tichenor (United States Army Marksmanship Unit/Brainerd, Minnesota) with a score of 542.

Other results included Nick Beach (Dresden, Ohio) finished 32nd in the R1 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 match, McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Washington)finished 48th in the R4 10m Air Rifle Standing Mixed SH2 match, and John Joss (USAMU/Corsicana, Texas) finished 45th in the R3 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1 match and finished 16th in the R6 50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH1 match. In the R5 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH2 match, Ernesto Aquino (Hawthorne, California) finished 46th ahead of teammates Dahl. who finished in 48th,and Israel Del Toro (Cibolo, Texas) in 54th.

On the pistol side, Len Esparza (Cupertino, California) finished 23rd in the P5 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 match, Kerry Morris (Grand Prairie, Texas) finished 48th in the P1 10m Air Pistol SH1 match. Newcomer to the USA Shooting scene Trisha Downing (Denver, Colorado) finished 25th in her event, P2 10m Air Pistol SH1. For the P4 50m Pistol Mixed SH1 match, Tagliapietra finished 38th after making it through the Day 1 elimination stage.

The next quota opportunity for the USA Shooting Paralympic athletes will be at the IPC World Cup in Sydney, Australia in September.


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