CSU senior shooting for Olympic gold

From: Tim Turner,Communications Specialist

COLUMBUS, GA - Jonathan Hall, a senior at Columbus State University, has been selected to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Rifle Team and will compete in the Summers Olympics in London.

This is Hall's second attempt to make an Olympic team. In 2008, he finished third at the U.S. Olympic Airgun Trials and just missed making the team.

"It definitely was a tough fight," Hall said of earning his Olympic berth. "It probably was one of the toughest matches I fought in my life. I never looked at it like, 'You're in,' or, 'You're going.' It definitely was a major fight and digging deep the whole time."

Hall, as a CSU junior from Carrollton, Ga, won first place in the air-rifle competition at the 2010 NCAA rifle championships with a cumulative score of 699.9. Two weeks earlier, at the Spring Airgun Championships, Hall qualified to represent the U.S. at the world championships in Munich in August. At that time, at 22 years old, Hall was the air-rifle team's youngest member.

He is one of four shooting siblings. His oldest brother, who used to shoot rifle, is shooting pistol now. Another brother, Joseph, shoots for the Armed Marksmanship Unit, and is aiming for an Olympic berth in smallbore. The U.S. Olympic Trials for Smallbore (Rifle & Pistol) will be held June 2 through 12 at Fort Benning. He also has a younger brother who shoots air pistol.