October Badger Legionnaire Digital Extra
|DIGITAL EXTRA THE BADGER LEGIONNAIRE OCTOBER 29, 2015|
Legionnaire McPhail Bound for Rio After Winning World Cup Gold
McPhail won the event with a score of 208.5 to lock up a nomination for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 2012 Olympic participant went into the World Cup Final battling three-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons for the right to earn an Olympic Team bid.
McPhail, who already had two victories under his belt in World Cup competition this season, held a four-point lead over Emmons heading into the competition. USA Shooting athletes can earn an automatic Olympic nomination by earning the most points in their discipline based on World Cup finishes in 2015, if the total is above the required point threshold and both Olympic quotas have been secured.
Each shooter went to Munich with the bid in their sights. McPhail needed to finish higher than Emmons or hope that Emmons didn’t medal at all to secure the bid, while Emmons needed to finish second or higher and hope that McPhail didn’t medial in order to overtake him. If Emmons won silver and McPhail won bronze, they would have tied on points and been forced to go head-to-head against one another in a shoot off later this year.
McPhail hadn’t had a lot of success at the Munich range prior to Thursday’s competition, earning just a bronze medal in eight opportunities there, while Emmons had previously earned five of his 39 World Cup medals at the range.
Emmons took the top qualifier score into the finals on Thursday with McPhail right on his heels in second. However, McPhail shot a 208.5 in the finals to leap into first place, while Emmons wound up finishing seventh overall.
The gold medal was the first for McPhail in four World Cup Final appearances, joining his second, fourth and seventh place finishes from the previous competitions.
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