Many now consider American Matt Emmons to be this generation’s greatest competitive rifleman. Though there are others to name, Emmons is certainly a superstar in the world of international gun competitions. He proved this again with a victory and an Olympic quota in the prone rifle event at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Changwon, South Korea. All but two of his shots landed inside the 10-ring at 50 meters.
“After shooting an almost impeccable qualification score of 632.0 points—just 0.3 points off the world record—Emmons, a three-time Olympic medalist, closed the deal with an equally strong final medal match securing the gold and a Rio 2016 Olympic Quota,” says Kevin Neuendorf, director of media and public relations for the U.S. Olympic shooting team.
Winning Olympic quotas at these events is of utmost importance, says Neuendorf. A quota spot is essentially the entry ticket necessary for a country to compete in Olympic competition in a particular discipline. USA Shooting athletes winning Olympic quotas still have to earn the right to compete separately.
“The U.S. has now earned three quotas in the Rifle/Pistol events, including Men’s Air Rifle and Men’s Air Pistol,” Neuendorf says, “with the potential to earn up to an additional 17 prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”