McPhail Wins Silver, Mowrer Finishes Fifth at Pan American Games

TORONTO (July 17, 2015)

Michael McPhail won a silver medal today in Men’s Prone Rifle at the Pan American Games.

2011 Pan American Games champion and 2007 Pan Am Games silver medalist McPhail (Darlington, Wisconsin/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) qualified for the Final in second place with a score of 625.0 – just .9 points behind Cassio Rippel of Brazil on a rainy day at the Pan Am Shooting Centre just north of Toronto. In the Final, McPhail couldn’t catch Rippel from the beginning, falling further behind as each series passed. Rippel went on to set a Pan American Games Finals record today of 207.7 and win the gold medal. McPhail took the silver with a score of 205.5. Michel Dion of Canada went on to win the bronze medal.

"It was rough,” McPhail said. “The flags were a little bit wet, so they were hard to see. I was shooting good shots. I’m happy with anything, but a gold would have been better."

McPhail’s Team USA and U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit teammate George Norton (Salina Kansas/USAMU) finished in ninth place, 1.3 points out of the Finals.

"It was not as good as I had hoped,” he said, noting the challenges of the clouds and wind rolling in during the match, as well as the wind flags getting wet by the rain. “The conditions were a little off, but you know what? I'm really looking forward to the Men’s Three-Position (Rifle on Sunday) – that’s the main reason why I'm here and I know I'll do very well then.”

In the Men’s Free Pistol competition, Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana) qualified for the Final in seventh place with a score of 535.

In the Final, Mowrer pulled into the lead by the completion of the first series. From there, he would slowly drift behind – including a fluke 7.5 on the then the tenth shot – causing Mowrer to eventually be eliminated in the fifth position.

"I never really felt like it was getting away from me, but I think I was fighting the whole entire time,” Mowrer said. “But, even through the last shot, I was fighting really hard, but it just wasn't working in my favor.”

Jason Turner (Rochester, New York) finished in 17th place with a score of 528.

Men’s and Women’s Skeet competition, along with Women’s Three-Position Rifle, start tomorrow.

Men’s Skeet will look to earn medals and its second quota as Dustin Perry (Lovelady, Texas) and T.J. Bayer (College Station, Texas) take the field. The Men’s Skeet competition will take place over two days with the first three rounds to take place tomorrow. Shotgun National Coach Todd Graves holds the current Pan American Games record of 123, set back at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007.

None of the athletes in the Men’s Skeet field have acquired a quota. A country may earn up to two Olympic quotas in a given event. The U.S. earned its lone Men’s Skeet quota thus far when Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) won gold at the Championship of the Americas late last year. More information on selection procedures and quotas for the 2016 Olympic Games can be found here.

Women’s Three-Position Rifle will also look to pick up its second Olympic quota and hopefully some medals as 2012 Olympian Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Washington) and Hannah Black (Richmond, Virginia) take the line. Dianelys Perez of Cuba is the only athlete competing who has already won an Olympic quota.

Five-time Olympic medalist and Team USA flag bearer Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) will also compete in Women’s Skeet. The U.S. has earned the maximum amount of Olympic quotas allowed in an event (two) and Rhode won one of those at World Cup Acapulco.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Pan American shooting team picked up seven medals (two gold, three silver and two bronze) in Men’s Air Rifle (gold, bronze), Women’s Trap (silver, bronze), Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol (gold), Women’s Sport Pistol (silver) and Men’s Air Pistol (silver). Gold medalists Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Kentucky) and Brad Balsley (Uniontown, Pennsylvania/USAMU) also won Olympic quotas for the U.S. in Men’s Air Rifle and Rapid Fire Pistol, along with silver medalist Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) winning a quota in Women’s Sport Pistol.

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