Sept. 20, 2000
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Former Western Kentucky University riflery star John McNally has become the first of two Hilltopper athletes to appear in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games this month in Sydney, Australia. The Okinawa, Japan, native is participating on the United States rapid fire pistol team, where he stands in 19th place following the first day of competition Wednesday.
McNally is shooting in the rapid fire pistol event in his fifth Olympics, having also appeared in the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Games. His best Olympic finish was fifth at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain. He also won the 1984 U.S. National Shooting Championships in the rapid fire pistol discipline.
From 1973-75, McNally was one of the premier gunners at WKU. His best season came in 1975, when he posted an average score of 277 with a season-high mark of 290 in a win over Kentucky. McNally also claimed the 1974 National Collegiate Service Rifle Championship while he was a student on the Hill.
In addition to McNally's appearance, Western will be represented at the 2000 Summer Olympics by former Lady Topper track star Breeda Dennehy Willis, who will run for her native Ireland in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs next week.