Matt Emmons Wins Silver to Conclude Changwon World Cup

Emmons Wins Silver to Conclude Changwon World Cup
Emmons Wins Silver to Conclude Changwon World Cup
USA Shooting
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Colorado Springs, CO -( Matt Emmons’ trip to the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup for Rifle/Pistol in Changwon, South Korea was a successful one as today he picked up his second medal of this World Cup – a silver in Three-Position Rifle.

Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey), the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in this discipline, qualified for the Finals in second place with a score of 1178. In Finals, which was severely hampered by gusty wind conditions, Emmons led the match through the first two kneeling-position series, but a 7.4 on his third series moved him down to third place.

Through strong shooting in the prone series and the rest of the match, Emmons eventually finished in second place with a final score of 456.0. Hui Zicheng of China would win the gold medal and Han Jinseop of South Korea would win bronze.

On Saturday, Emmons won gold in Men’s Prone Rifle, in which he also secured an Olympic quota in the process. A quota is essentially the entry ticket necessary for a country to compete in Olympic competition in a particular discipline. Though quotas spots would normally go to the top-two finishers in Men’s Three-Position Rifle at this World Cup, Emmons would be ineligible to earn another quota as an athlete is only eligible to win one quota in any discipline for his/her country. The USA Shooting Team has now earned nine of the 30 Olympic quotas available, including two of the 10 available in rifle (Men’s Prone/Men’s Air Rifle). More information on selection procedures and quotas for 2015 World Cups and the 2016 Olympic Games can be found here.

See Emmons in action during the Finals of Men’s Three-Position Rifle below:

Also competing was George Norton (Salina, Kansas) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit who finished in 31st with a score of 1162, and Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) who finished in 42nd place with a score of 1157. Dan Lowe (USAMU/Olympia, Washington) and Jean-Pierre Lucas (Dunlevy, Pennsylvania) also shot the match and obtained their Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) necessary for Olympic consideration. To view all of the results of this World Cup, click here.

Men’s Three-Position Rifle was the final event of this World Cup with the U.S. team earning two medals (gold and silver), three Finals appearances and one Olympic quota overall. Other highlights of the event included Elizabeth Gratz (Sigel, Illinois) shooting a 581 in Women’s Three-Position Rifle to earn an MQS with a mark that was good enough to theoretically put her in the Finals. The event also saw the World Cup debut of 16-year-old Sarah Osborn (Hampton, Virginia), who shot a score of 413.1 to finish 36th out of 95 competitors.

Athlete, Finish


Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) 2nd

Men’s Three-Position Rifle

George Norton (USAMU/Lenexa, Kansas) 31st

Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) 42nd

Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) 1st

Men’s Prone Rifle

Eric Uptagrafft (USAMU/Phenix City, Ala.) 5th

Michael McPhail (USAMU/Darlington, Wis.) 10th

Bryant Wallizer (Little Orleans, Md.) 27th

Men’s Air Rifle

Tyler Rico (Tucson, Ariz.) 57th

Daniel Lowe (Olympia, Wash.) 70th

Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) 14th

Women’s Three-Position Rifle

Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Wash.) 28th

Hannah Black (Richmond, Va.) 59th

Sarah Beard (Danville, Ind.) 23rd

Women’s Air Rifle

Sarah Osborn (Hampton, Va.) 36th

Emily Quiner (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) 74th

Greg Markowski (USAMU/Columbus, Ga.) 25th

Men’s Free Pistol

James Henderson (USAMU/Midland, Ga.) 57th

Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 15th

 Rapid Fire Pistol

Brad Balsley (USAMU/Uniontown, Pa.) 22nd

Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Fla.) 29th

James Henderson (USAMU/Midland, Ga.) 26th

Men’s 10m Air Pistol

Jay Shi (Phoenix, Ariz.) 27th

Greg Markowski (USAMU/Columbus, Ga.) 80th

Camelia Moldovan (Albuquerque, N.M.) 70th

Women’s Sport Pistol

Up next for airgun athletes will be the 2015 Air Selection Match April 25-26 in Anniston, Alabama and the next World Cup for Rifle/Pistol athletes will be May 11-19 in Fort Benning, Georgia.

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