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Saathoff Shoots Way to Olympic Team

April 29, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ A fifth-place finish was good enough for Adam Saathoff.

By tying for fifth in the men’s running target event at the Atlanta World Cup, the Hereford, Ariz., shooter won a spot on the U.S. Olympic shooting team in running target.

Saathoff, 20, had 574 of 600 points in the preliminary round and 98 of 109 in Sunday’s final to tie China’s Xiao Jun for fifth place.

``I thought there was a lot of pressure in the first match, but I didn’t feel any pressure until I shot this match here today,″ Saathoff said. ``I was nervous on the slow run. My fast has always been higher than my slow run. I’ve been shooting fast runs pretty well for the last year and a half now. I’ve got to work on my slow runs and get them up a few points.″

Lonn Saunders, 24, of Billings, Mont., turned in the second highest U.S. score at 560 of 600, and Koby Holland of Dillon, Mont., finished with a score of 545.

Dmitri Lykin of Russia won the gold medal and equaled the world record set in May 1995 by Miroslav Janus of the Czech Republic with a score of 683.4 of 709. His teammate, Lubos Racansky, was second with 678.6.

In women’s sport pistol, Libby Callahan, 44, of Upper Marlboro, Md., tied for 16th place with a score of 577 of 600. U.S. shooters Connie Petracek, 48, of Nashville, Tenn., shot a 566, and Roxane Conrad, 31, of Sandpoint, Idaho, scored 563.

Irina Gerasimenok of Russia took the gold in the 3x20 rifle with a score of 686 out of 709.

The U.S. women finished out of the medals. Jean Foster, 23, of Bozeman, Mont., shot a 576 of 600. Elizabeth Bourland, 32, of Wichita Falls, Texas, finished a point behind at 575, and Jayme Dickman, 18, of South Bend, Ind., finished with 574.

In men’s skeet, Bill Roy of Alamogordo, N.M., stood in second place after one day of the two-day competition, one target behind leader Mirosla Rzepkowski of Poland with 73 of 75 shattered targets. George Quigley of Cincinnati and Todd Graves of Laurel, Miss., each broke 65 targets.

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