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    West Virginia junior Ginny Thrasher earned a spot in two finals at the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Fort Benning World Cup for Rifle/Pistol, which concluded May 14 at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Georgia.
    Representing the United States, Thrasher, a native of Springfield, Virginia, finished fifth in the women’s 10m air rifle on May 9 and fourth in the 10m air rifle mixed team event on May 13.
    On Wednesday, Thrasher, the reigning Olympic Gold medalist, qualified for the air rifle final in seventh place, shooting 627.4 (103.3, 103.5, 106.5, 104.4, 104.7, 105.0). She earned her fifth-place finish with a 186.3 showing in the final.
    Partnered with Dempster Christenson, Thrasher earned her second final appearance on Sunday, as the duo qualified in second place in the 10m air rifle mixed team event with an 835.7 total. The team placed fourth in the final with a 391.8 showing.
    Thrasher also shot 1155 (385 kneeling, 389 prone, 381 standing) in the women’s 50m 3 positions Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) competition on May 12. The total ranked third among those not eligible for the final or a medal.
    Sophomore Milica Babic finished 12th in the women’s 10m air rifle with a 625.3 (104.6, 104.4, 103.8, 105.2, 103.6, 103.7) mark. The Belgrade, Serbia, native also placed 28th in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions main competition with a 1152 (380 kneeling, 391 prone, 381 standing) mark.
    Representing the United States, senior Elizabeth Gratz shot 618.4 (102.3, 102.1, 103.6, 103.5, 102.5, 104.4) in the women’s 10m air rifle and placed 34th overall.
    Redshirt freshman David Koenders earned a pair of 43rd-place finishes for Germany, as he shot 1143 (377 kneeling, 394 prone, 372 standing) in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions on May 10 and 617.6 (102.7, 104.0, 103.2, 102.8, 102.5, 102.4) in the men’s 10m air rifle on May 11.

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