Sagen Maddalena, who grew up in Groveland, will compete for a medal in the women’s 50-meter smallbore rifle final at the Tokyo Olympics after finishing the qualifying round Friday night with the second-best score out of 38 competitors.

The 27-year-old sharpshooter ended the qualifier of the three-positions event with a score of 1178-70x, ahead of Germany’s Jolyn Beer and behind only Russia’s Yulia Zykova. They took 40 shots from each of the positions — kneeling, prone and standing — with Maddalena averaging a 9.817 out of 10.

Maddalena earned her first-ever trip to the Olympics as a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship unit. She was born in Woodland, raised in Tuolumne County, and honed her early shooting skills with her grandfather at the Mother Lode Gun Club.

She will compete against 7 other finalists vying for an Olympic medal. Her mother, Susan Maddalena, of Groveland, said they will take 15 shots from each of the three positions, then the lowest two will sit down. After each of the next five shots, the lowest shooter will take a seat until a winner is crowned.

The final is scheduled to begin at midnight Pacific Time on Saturday. It will be streamed live on and can be viewed with a TV subscription.

Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 768-5175.

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