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Five For Friday: Shooting

By Paul D. Bowker | May 25, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Sarah Beard competes in the 50-meter rifle three-positions final at the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol on March 6, 2016 in Bangkok.


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Matt Emmons, a three-time Olympic medalist, and Keith Sanderson, a three-time Olympian, are among 19 U.S. shooters who are in Munich, Germany, this week for a rifle/pistol world cup.

It is the final rifle/pistol world cup prior to the 2018 ISSF World Championship, set for the first two weeks of September in Changwon, South Korea. Quota spots for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be at stake at the world championships.

Alexis Lagan and Nick Mowrer are seeking a podium finish in 10-meter air pistol mixed team after finishing fourth in that event in the recent World Cup USA in Fort Benning, Georgia.

“The whole team thing is kind of a strange dynamic,” said Lagan, who is also competing individually in 10-meter air pistol and 25-meter pistol. “We’re not really used to it yet, but we’re building towards it and trying out different strategies.”

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Sarah Beard, who reached the final in the women’s three-position rifle event in Fort Benning, is one of five Americans competing in that event in Munich.

Lucas Kozeniesky, a 2016 Olympian, is competing in four events: 10-meter air rifle individual, 10-meter air rifle mixed team, 50-meter three-position rifle and 50-meter rifle prone. Two-time Olympian Michael McPhail is entered in the three-position rifle and rifle prone.

The world cup, which began Thursday, goes through Monday, when finals are held in mixed team air rifle and mixed team air pistol.

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