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Air Rifle Competition Opens ISSF 2014 World Shooting Championships

Connor Davis has the 2014 World Championships in focus with a potential Olympic quota spot on the line. The pomp and circumstance leading up to the 2014 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship is finally over. Today marks the beginning of the 12-day event featuring over 2,000 athletes from 94 countries.

Getting things started is competition in Men’s Air Rifle where the first six Olympic quotas in shooting will be handed out to the top-six finishers. Looking to be among those is USA Shooting’s three-man open team of Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Kentucky), Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) and Ryan Anderson (Wasilla, Alaska).

The task will be immense with eight of the world top-10 competing including Olympic silver medalist and reigning World Champion Nico Campriani. Quota possibility is tangible for the U.S. athletes involved. Christenson earned a World Cup silver medal in 2013 during the USA World Cup stop in Fort Benning, Georgia. Last year in Granada, Davis earned a position in the finals and finished eighth overall. Anderson is the current National Champion in the event while Davis was the 2013 National Champion, 2014 runner-up and is the reigning 2014 NCAA National Champion.

“Considering I really didn’t know about international shooting until four years ago, I am extremely grateful and humbled by the fact that I have been given the opportunity to represent the United States at this year’s Worlds,” said Davis leading up to World Champs. “It is a dream come true and another step towards Rio and the Olympic Games, which is always the main goal. I am honored to be apart Team USA and I am looking forward to representing them well.”

Competition begins at 9 a.m. with Relay 1 featuring Anderson and Christenson followed by Relay 2 at 11 a.m. with Davis. Finals are set for 1:30 p.m. **PLEASE NOTE: All listed times are local time in Granada Spain, which is six hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone in the U.S**

The ISSF announced Thursday that all event finals will be broadcast live via the internet at the following address: www.issf-sports.org.

For a complete World Championship schedule, click here: http://www.issf-sports.org/competitions/venue.ashx?cshipid=930

Check out the complete World Champs U.S. Team preview in the fourth USA Shooting News issue of 2014: http://content.yudu.com/A3281g/ShootingMagSept2014/resources/index.htm

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Keep up with all the action by following USA Shooting on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM or via the website at www.usashooting.org.

Check out the dedicated World Champs webpage here: http://www.usashooting.org/12-the-team/wchteam14
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For event pictures, go to USA Shooting’s Flickr site

**PLEASE NOTE: All listed times are local time in Granada, Spain which is six hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone in the U.S.