Michael McPhail Wins Bronze in Prone Shooting at Beijing World Cup
BEIJING, China – -(ShootingWire.com)- Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wisconsin) claimed the second medal of the 2009 ISSF World Cup season for the U.S. Monday by taking home the bronze medal in the Men’s 50m Prone Rifle event at the 2009 ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Beijing, China.
McPhail, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), entered the final in seventh place with a match score of 594 points and fired the highest final score of 104.7 to climb all the way to third place, finishing with a total of 698.7 points and only missing the silver by one tenth of a point.
France’s Jossellin Henry claimed the silver with a total score of 698.8 points, while Warren Potent of Australia claimed the gold medal with a total score of 701.5.
McPhail’s USAMU teammate and 1996 Olympian Eric Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) took fifth place in Men’s Prone with a match score of 594, a final of 103.1 and a total score of 697.1 points.
The U.S. had some very exciting performances over the weekend in Beijing with two shooters advancing to the final in their respective events. USAMU member Matt Rawlings (Wharton, Texas) took fifth place in Men’s 10m Air Rifle on Saturday after shooting-off three times against Norway’s Ole Magnus Bakken. The two shooters were tied at 697.8 after the last shot of the final, then both fired a 9.8 in the first shoot-off shot and10.2 in the second one. Rawlings fired a 10.6 to Bakken’s 10.3 in the third shot, finishing in fifth place, while Bakken took sixth.
Jason Turner (Rochester, N,Y.), the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in Men’s Air Pistol, finished in seventh place in the Men’s 50m Free Pistol event on Sunday with an overall score of 651.1. Turner fired a match score of 558 and shot 93.1 in the final.
The Women’s 50m 3 Position Rifle event will be held Tuesday, followed by the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire final on Wednesday and the 2009 Rifle/Pistol World Cup Beijing will conclude on Thursday, April 23 with the Men’s 50m 3 Position Rifle final.
For updated news and results during the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Beijing, please visit ISSF’s website at www.issf-sports.org.