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50th World Shooting Championships Munich, Germany: Day 2 Report

Meghann Morrill

The USA's Meghann Morrill battled nerves and poor lighting conditions during the Women's 10m Air Rifle final competition.

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MUNICH, GERMANY --(Ammoland.com)- The United States was a day late and a quota short with today’s shooting. Yet, the good news is that two Americans made it to final competition in two different events.

First, in Men’s 50m Free Pistol, SFC Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.) finished sixth overall after a 93 point final. Szarenski was two places shy of a quota spot. Also finishing for the USA was Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) in 44th with 549 points and John Zurek (Tuscon, Ariz.) at 544 points and 55th place. Szarenski still has an opportunity, however, as both he and Turner will compete in Men’s 10m Air Pistol on Tuesday.

Newcomer, Meghann Morrill (San Antonio, Texas), surprised the crowd with a 398 point qualifying score in shooting three consecutive 10s to finish strong. Morrill entered the final in third place, yet experienced difficulty on the finals range. She shot a 100.1 point final for 498.1 points and eighth place–two places shy of a quota.

It should be noted that her competition was extremely talented; Yi Siling of China set a new Women’s Final World Record of 505.6 points. Siling tied the 400 point match score world record and set a new record with an outstanding 105.6 point final and an uncommon 4.2 point gap between her and silver medalist Wu Liuxi (also of China). Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.), finished 13th with 396 points and Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Conn.) finished 33d with 394 points. Their combined effort landed the Americans the bronze medal in team competition.

In Junior Men’s 50m Pistol, the USA finished 18th with Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) and 538 points, Matthew Pueppke (Amenia, N.D.) in 42nd with 518 points, and Christopher Hudock (Raleigh, N.C.) in 46th with 514 points.
Later in the day, the Men’s Prone contingency–both junior and open men–dominated with team medals. The men’s team of Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.), SGT Michael McPhail, and SFC Eric Uptagrafft, were the golden stars of the event winning a second consecutive world championship in the Men’s Prone event. The same trio topped the podium in 2006 at the World Shooting Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. The junior men’s team of Ryan Dunham-Bender (Delta Junction, Alaska), Michael Seery (Toledo, Ohio), and Jimmie Cooper (Columbus, Ga.) began the competition with a large deficit in the first half, but came back in a big way as they missed one point in the last combined sixty shots. Their stellar performance earned another team medal–bronze–for the red, white, and blue. Individual competition for both events will occur on Monday, August 3rd.

For complete scores and rankings, please visit the International Shooting Sports Foundation (ISSF) website at http://www.issf-sports.org.

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About USA Shooting:
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