By Paul D. Bowker | March 30, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Matt Emmons competes in men's 50-meter rifle 3 positions at the Olympic Games London 2012 at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Aug. 6, 2012 in London.

 

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Nearly 90 shooting athletes in rifle and pistol are chasing after berths on the world championship team this week in Fort Benning, Georgia.

The USA Shooting Spring Selection Match is the final qualification event prior to the 2018 world championships, which will begin the Olympic quota process for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. This week’s tournament also determines spots on the teams for the Munich World Cup and the Championship of the Americas in Mexico.

Finals will be held Saturday in women’s sport pistol and men’s rapid fire pistol. The week began Wednesday with competition in women’s and men’s air pistol and air rifle.

The two-step qualifying process began with the Fall Selection Match.

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Katelyn Abeln, a 16-year-old from Georgia, was the early star in the fall selection event in women’s sport pistol. She enters this week’s competition ahead of 2012 Olympian Sandra Uptagrafft and 2008 Olympian Brenda Silva.

Keith Sanderson, a three-time Olympian, is the leader in men’s rapid fire pistol. Chasing him are Jack Leverett III and Alex Chichkov. Six-time Olympian Emil Milev announced his retirement following the fall selection match.

Top rifle shooters include three-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons and two-time Olympian Michael McPhail on the men’s side, and Rachel Martin, Rachel Garner and MacKenzie Martin on the women’s side. 

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.