FORT BENNING, Georgia (March 30, 2019)
Eight more athletes, including three Olympians and four Juniors, came to the U.S. Army Marksmanship’s Home of Champions in Fort Benning, Georgia and earned their spots in smallbore (.22 caliber) competition for the Pan American Games or two future World Cups on the final day of USA Shooting’s Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection Match. Airgun competition concluded Thursday with 13 athletes earning team status, four of whom also came back and earned team status in their smallbore events.
This match selected the competitors eligible to compete at the upcoming International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cups in Beijing, China and Munich, Germany; as well as for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru later this summer. Top-two finishers earned Pan American Game Team selection, while top-3 earned World Cup Team spots.
Olympian Nick Mowrer’s mastery of two different disciplines was again on display. A top finisher in Air Pistol, he came back two days later and finished third in Three-Position Rifle. Mowrer (Butte, Montana) is already the lone shooter ever to earn World Cup medals in two different shooting disciplines and now he’ll spend his summer shooting both guns for Team USA.
Reigning Olympic gold medalist Ginny Thrasher (Springfield, Virginia) earned World Cup Team status in Air Rifle Thursday and then came back to finish second in Women’s Three-Position Rifle to earn a trip to the Pan Am Games. Pistol shooter Alexis Lagan (Boulder City, Nevada) also earned World Cup status Thursday in Air Pistol and then came back in Sport Pistol Saturday to make sure she was among the lucky few to represent the United States at this summer’s Pan Am Games as well.
After winning 10m Air Rifle Thursday, Tim Sherry (U.S.