Emmons first American to qualify in three shooting events

Updated: June 1, 2004, 7:14 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Matt Emmons became the first American to qualify for one Olympics in three shooting events, when he won the three-position competition at the U.S. trials on Monday.

Emmons, of Browns Mills, N.J., dominated the field in three-position, a rifle event in which shots are fired while prone, standing and kneeling. He finished with a score of 3,717.1 points, more than 30 ahead of runner-up Mike Anti, of Winterville, N.C. Fewer than 25 points separated Anti from the eighth-place finisher.

Both Emmons and Anti earned berths in the three-position competition at the Athens Olympics. Last week, Emmons and Anti took both spots in the prone rifle event. Emmons also finished second in air rifle at the trials.

Emmons was the 2002 world champion in prone rifle, and won four individual NCAA rifle championships -- three in smallbore rifle, one in air rifle -- at Alaska-Fairbanks. He also won four NCAA team titles with the Nanooks (2000-2003).

In men's air pistol, Jason Turner of Rochester, N.Y., and Darryl Szarenski of Saginaw, Mich., hung on to the top two positions to earn spots on the Olympic team. Szarenski finished at 2,406.8, just four-tenths of a point ahead of Brian Zins of Quantico, Va., to place second and take the final berth.

In women's sport pistol, Elizabeth Callahan of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Rebecca Snyder of Grand Junction, Colo., dominated, finishing more than 40 points ahead of their nearest competitors.

This will be the third Olympics for Anti, Callahan and Snyder.


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