COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (September 25, 2018)
Taylor Farmer won her first World Shooting Para Sport (WSPS) World Cup medal today when she won bronze in the R2 (Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1) event in Chateauroux, France.
Farmer (Castalia, Ohio) qualified for the Final with a score of 607.8. Once in the Final, Farmer moved into the lead after the first 10 shots. She stayed on top of the field until the 22nd shot when she was tied for third with eventual gold medalist Natalie Smith of Australia, forcing them into a shootoff to decide who would be eliminated in the bronze-medal position. Smith shot a 10.4 and Farmer a 10.2, with Farmer taking the bronze medal with a final score of 225.9. Natascha Hilltrop of Germany won the silver medal.
“Before the Final I knew I was going to be bringing home a medal for the Americans,” said Farmer. “I took shot by shot, and each one came with confidence. I knew if I gave it everything I had it was going to happen. When I thought it wasn’t a good shot, I didn’t take it until I knew it was and that’s what I wanted!”
Today’s bronze-medal win was Farmer’s highest World Cup finish to date. She finished fourth in the R2 event at the WSPS World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand in 2017.
2016 Paralympic bronze medalist McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Washington) finished in 18th place in R9 (Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH2) with a score of 599.3.
Complete results from the WSPS World Cup: http://results.sius.com/Events.aspx?Championship=2018WorldShootingParaSportWorldCup20180923ChateaurouxFrance.
The WSPS World Cup in Chateauroux, France continues through Sunday with the Finals