By Paul D. Bowker | May 11, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Ginny Thrasher reacts after winning the gold medal in women's 10-meter air rifle at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

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Thirty U.S. shooters are on home turf this week for an ISSF world cup.

Fort Benning, Georgia, the home base for several U.S. Army Olympic and Paralympic shooters, is hosting a world cup for rifle and pistol through Sunday, plus a day of competition for youth shooters on Monday.

Among those in the women’s pistol competition are 2008 Olympian Brenda Silva and Alexis Lagan.

The final in men’s 10-meter air rifle is Friday, followed by finals Saturday in women’s 10-meter air pistol, women’s 50-meter three-position rifle and men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol, and finals Sunday in 10-meter mixed team air pistol and air rifle. Mixed team shooting events make their Olympic debut in 2020.

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More than 350 athletes from 53 nations are competing.

Ginny Thrasher, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in 10-meter air rifle, began the competition Wednesday by finishing fifth in that event for her highest result since 2016. She competes again Saturday.

“Being able to do that in the USA is an amazing feeling, too,” Thrasher said. “It has a little different feel of an international world cup, but it’s so great to be here.”

Quotas for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 are at stake in Monday’s youth competition.

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