COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (September 21, 2018)
The World Cup season continues for the Paralympic athletes of the USA Shooting Team as five of them head to Chateauroux, France to compete in the final World Shooting Para Sport (WSPS) World Cup of 2018 starting Monday and running through September 30.
This World Cup is the first major event on the WSPS circuit since the World Championship in May in Cheongju, South Korea. More than 200 athletes from 43 countries will compete for World Cup medals, as well as quotas for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. A quota is essentially a country’s ticket for an athlete to compete in a given event at the Paralympic Games. The United States failed to win any quotas at the World Championship and will look to make up ground in Chateauroux.
Among those competing for the United States will be the top finisher for the U.S. at the World Championship, Kevin Nguyen (Westminster, California/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, pictured). Nguyen finished in ninth place in R6 (Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1), just .4 point out of a potential Finals berth. He will compete in R6 as well as R3 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1). Also competing will be 2016 Paralympic bronze medalist McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Washington) who will not only compete in her medal-winning event of R5 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2), but R4 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2) and the newest Paralympic Games shooting event, R9 (Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH2) in which Dahl won gold at the WSPS-sanctioned event at the USA Shooting National Championships.
Rounding out the Rifle team will be 2016 Paralympian John Joss (Corsicana, Texas/USAMU) and Taylor Farmer (Castalia, Ohio). Joss’ most-recent World Cup medal