Army Marksmen Take 3 Golds In China
(April 29, 2010)
Spc. Joe Hein (middle), U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, won a gold medal in the Men's 50m Rifle Prone match at the 2010 China World Cup. Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft (right), Hein's fellow USAMU teammate, won a bronze medal in the same match.
FORT BENNING, Ga. (ANS- April 26, 2010) - Wins all over the globe during the
past two weeks for Soldiers of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit included three
gold medals and two bronze at the China World Cup Games.
Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski led the American contingent of shooters by
winning not one, but two gold medals at the games in China.
He started things off April 19 when he won gold in the 50-meter Free Pistol
match with a strong performance, then on the following day had to start from
sixth place in the final round of the Men's 10m Air Pistol and climb to the top
to win gold.
"I figured it was one of the other guys' matches to win so I just stayed calm
and focused," Szarenski, a three-time Olympian, said. "I've been working hard
and the training is paying off."
Fellow USAMU Soldier Spc. Joe Hein visited the podium as a first-time gold medal
winner April 20 after conquering the field in the Men's 50m Rifle Prone match.
Fellow USAMU Soldier Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft stood next to Hein on the
podium after finishing in third place to win the bronze medal.
"You can't ask for anything more, unless it's three of us," Hein said. "It's
great to stand up there with (Sgt. 1st Class) Uptagrafft."|
Staff Sgt. Ryan Hadden wrapped things up for the U.S. team, claiming a bronze
medal in Men's Trap during the event's last day.
While USAMU Soldiers were winning medals in Asia, the service teams competed in
their first competitive matches of the season.
At the Florida Regional Pistol Championships in Jacksonville, Fla., the members
of the service pistol team continued their recent domination in service pistol
competition. Sgt. 1st Class James Henderson, the reigning National Pistol
Champion, blitzed the field to win the overall individual aggregate
championship, fending off teammate Staff Sgt. Robert Park, the second-ranked
service pistol shooter in the country.
USAMU swept the field in the team matches. USAMU Blue won the .22-caliber,
center fire and .45-cal. matches, while USAMU Gray won the service team match.
In Donaldsville, La., the service rifle team competed in the Bayou State
Regional Rifle championships. Sgt. Tyrel Cooper won the 800-point individual
aggregate championship with a score of 788-35x. He was followed by teammates
Sgt. 1st Class Lance Dement in second with a 787-30x and Staff Sgt. Brandon
Green in third with a 783-29x.
Sgt. 1st Class David Steinbach won the Excellence in Competition match and USAMU
won the four-man team match.
The teams continue to train in preparation for the National Championships slated
for later this summer. The USAMU continues preparations to host the 2010 World
Cup USA, when more than 400 competitors from more than 40 countries will descend
on Fort Benning for the International Rifle and Pistol competition at the end of
By Michael Molinaro, USAMU PAO
Army News Service
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