In the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event, the USA’s Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Fla.) was the bronze medal winner. Not only did Milev (pictured) earn a spot on the podium, but a very important second quota for the USA. This quota now allows two Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol shooters to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. Milev shot 583 qualification points for an opportunity at the new finals format. With a solid start of 4, 5 and 3 hits, Milev finished with 25 total hits for the bronze medal. National Pistol Coach Sergey Luzov said, “Milev wasn’t holding anything back-he was ready to attack, he approached the match today ready to win. He got distracted by the target malfunction in the final, but he returned strong after only 15 seconds of prep time. Now we have two great American rapid fire shooters who have won quotas and are promising medal potential for the 2012 Olympic Games.” The gold medalist was Germany’s Christian Reitz, the winner of the last ISSF World Cup stage in the USA. Reitz fired 583 qualification points and 33 hits in the final. Reitz’s teammate Ralf Schumann was the silver medalist with 581 qualification hits and 49 points in the shoot-off to advance to the final. In the final, Schumann shot 31 hits. The USA’s Sergeant First Class Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished in eighth place. Sanderson shot 581 qualification points to tie Schumann and Vietnam’s Thanh Ha Minh for one spot in the final. Sanderson fired 44 points to Ha Minh’s 47 points. American teammate Corporal Brad Balsley (Uniontown, Pa.) finished nineteenth with 575 points.
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