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U.S. Men’s Air Rifle Team Wins Gold Medal In New Delhi World Cup

by Todd Kortemeier

Tim Sherry celebrates winning the shooting 50-meter rifle 3 positions competition at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on July 30, 2019 in Lima, Peru.

 

After winning an individual gold medal Saturday in 10-meter air rifle, Lucas Kozeniesky added another one Sunday in the team event alongside Will Shaner and Tim Sherry at the world cup in New Delhi, India.
The U.S. men were second in the first round of qualifying and tops in the second, setting up a match with the hosts for the gold medal. They ended up taking the title 16-14, with South Korea winning the bronze medal over Iran. While Kozeniesky, 25, adds to his medal haul, it’s the first career world cup medal for Shaner, 19, and Sherry, 26. 
Kozeniesky is the 2019 Pan American Games gold medalist in 10-meter air rifle and will compete in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer. Shaner, a junior world bronze medalist, is the other man on the U.S. Olympic rifle team. Sherry has a Pan Am gold medal to his name in 50-meter rifle 3 positions. 
On the women’s side, the U.S. team of Sagen Maddalena, Mary Tucker and Ali Weisz won the air rifle silver medal, losing in the gold-medal match to Denmark. Tucker won the individual 10-meter air rifle gold medal Saturday. Kozeniesky and Tucker will compete for the bronze medal Monday in air rifle mixed team, which will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo. The world cup continues with competition through March 28.


Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.
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