U.S. Shooter Wins Gold at World Cup Event in Munich

U.S. Shooter Wins Gold at World Cup Event in Munich
From left to right is silver medalist Cyril Graff of France, gold medalist Michael McPhail of the United States, and bronze medalist Vitali Bubnovich of Belarus after the 50m Rifle Prone Men Finals at the Olympic Shooting Range Munich/Hochbrueck during the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup Rifle/Pistol on May 30.photo from ISSF

Michael McPhail won his second gold medal in two weeks, this time at the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup in Munich, Germany. In the Final, McPhail moved between fifth and second place throughout the match, but then on his the second-to-last shot McPhail moved into the lead and claimed the gold by .2 points over Cyril Graff of France.

“It finally worked out,” McPhail told the ISSF. “After waiting for five years, luck got on my side a little bit and now I won two gold medals in a row. I’ve been close a lot of times. I changed my firearm, and the custom one that I'm using now shoots really well! That's the biggest difference. I'm pretty happy, because the Fort Benning gold was for the quota, and this one's for me.”

You can watch McPhail's interview with the ISSF here:

McPhail wasn't the only American to win in Munich. Keith Sanderson won silver in Men's Rapid Fire Pistol and claimed an Olympic quota in the discipline.

Sanderson, who is from Colorado Springs, Colo., qualified for the last spot in the Final with a score of 580. In the Final, Sanderson struggled off the first series with just one hit, putting him in last place. He caught up but was unable to catch eventual gold medalist Christian Reitz of Germany.