July 19, 2021

Pistol Sends Two to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A set of brothers will represent Ohio State on their sports biggest stage, as Henry and Jackson Leverett will compete for Team USA in the rapid fire pistol event in Tokyo.

Henry won the United States’ only quota for 25M Rapid Fire Pistol at a World Cup in China but finished second at our Olympic Tryouts. USA Shooting was able to exchange a couple of quotas with the ISSF to get the second Rapid Fire Pistol quota that Henry is filling.

Like his brother, Jackson will also compete for Team USA in the Rapid Fire event. This past March, he won the Open individual title, placing first in both air pistol and standard pistol. His performance helped the Buckeyes secure a team championship.

Henry and Jackson, natives of Bainbridge, Ga., are both rising sophomores at Ohio State. Jackson is majoring in computer and information science while Henry is a biology major.

When and How to Watch
The qualification stages of the 25m rapid fire events take place on Sunday, Aug. 1 and Monday, Aug. 2. The finals will also be held of Monday, Aug. 2 beginning at 1:30 a.m. ET.

For more information on how to watch Olympic events in Tokyo and follow the Buckeyes who will be competing, visit: http://go.osu.edu/olympicbuckeyes

No Strangers to International Competitions
On the world stage, Henry has represented Team USA in a dozen international competitions including World Cups, Junior World Cups and World Championships, and Junior World Championships from 2016-19.

Jackson set four USA Shooting national records in junior men’s rapid fire and junior men’s sport pistol. He earned a spot on Team USA for the 2019 Pan American Games and assisted Team USA in earning gold medals at the 2018 Championship of the Americas for both men’s air pistol and men’s rapid fire.

Big First Year with the Buckeyes
As freshmen, the Leverett brothers made instant impacts at Ohio State. Jackson won the Open individual title, placing first in both air pistol and standard pistol. His performance helped the Buckeyes secure a team championship, their sixth since 2000 and fifth in the last eight years.

Quotable
“It’s the Olympics. It’s going to be the highlight of my shooting career,” said Henry at a media availability with other Ohio State Olympians earlier this month. “I’ve competed in World Cups before. I’ve qualified at the Pan American Games, but the Olympics is really, really special. A lot more people and a lot more athletes there.”