More than 200 air rifle and air pistol shooters entered the second to last stage of their U.S. Olympic Team journey Dec. 3 and 4, seeking positions on the men’s and women’s air rifle and men’s air pistol teams at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) airgun center in Anniston, Ala.
The USA Shooting event was the first of a two-part series of contests that will finalize who will represent the U.S. in those shooting disciplines at the 2012 Summer Games in London, England, in July and August. Currently there are two slots open in both men’s and women’s air rifle and two slots open in men’s air pistol.
The journey will come to a conclusion at the CMP North Marksmanship Center at Camp Perry on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26 in the USA Shooting U.S. Olympic Trials for Airgun. Both days of competitive shooting are open to the public at the CMP.
Each part of the two-part trial is comprised of two 60-shot standing matches and finals in men’s air rifle and air pistol and two 40-shot standing matches and finals in women’s air rifle. There is no women’s air pistol in the Olympics at this time, however; women’s air pistol competitors will use the trials for competition experience.
The leaders of Part 1 were determined by highest aggregate qualification scores plus the higher of two finals fired over two days. The same course will be fired again in February. It’s safe to say that only those competitors who finished high in the rankings each day in Anniston will have a chance at locking up roster slots when the competition concludes at Camp Perry.