COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (April 11, 2018)
The Men’s Rifle competition at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) wrapped today with the Three-Position Rifle event. The top Juniors from across the country were on hand to battle for medals, coveted National Junior Team slots, as well as the chance to represent the United States at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship later this summer in Changwon, South Korea.
Taking top honors by 15 selection points and just two days shy of his 18th birthday was Peter Fiori, Jr. (Lebanon, New Jersey). Over the two days of Qualification, Fiori shot two, world-class, Junior-level scores of 1161 and 1160. Though he didn’t need the additional points, he capped things off with a win in the lone Final for an additional eight points.
“I came in with high hopes and I was pretty confident in myself so I guess it paid off!” Fiori said. “Definitely more confident than I was last year [where I finished fourth]. The last couple years I focused on what the score was going to be, but this time I just focused on shooting. It doesn’t matter what the score is, just shoot a good shot over and over again and this time it paid off.”
Picking up his second National Junior Olympic silver medal and the lone Junior male rifle athlete to qualify for the World Championship in both Air and Three-Position Rifle was 16-year-old Will Shaner (Colorado Springs, Colorado). On the first day of Qualification, he shot a world-class Junior score of 1159.
“Smallbore match was a bit longer and kind of rough, but I kind of pulled back second day for the Final to secure my spot in second place,” Shaner said. “I’ll be