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ISSF World Cup Changwon: Uptagrafft is Two for Two!

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 11, 2011)

Sergeant First Class Eric Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) is now two for two. Competing in his second ISSF World Cup this season, Uptagrafft maintained his standard of excellence for the silver medal in Korea. He secured an Olympic quota for the USA at the first ISSF World Cup leg in Sydney in late March with his first silver of the season. Firing a solid 596 points in qualification, Uptagrafft (pictured) entered the final in second place and didn’t give an inch as he shot 103.6 points in the final. Uptagrafft finished with 699.6 total points—just eight tenths behind gold medalist Sergei Martynov of Bulgaria. Martynov, the reigning World Champion and top-ranked prone shooter in the world, had a two point lead on Uptagrafft, but lost ground with 102.4 points in the final to finish with 700.4 total points. The bronze medalist was Cyril Graff of France with 698 total points (595+103). Young Jeon Choi of Korea finished in fourth place with 697.2 points (593+104.2) and brought an Olympic quota place to his homeland. The second available quota was won by Germany’s Maik Eckhardt with 696.2 points (593+103.2).

One newcomer to the ISSF World Cup final was Jonas Jacobbson of Sweden. Jacobbson is a 16-time Paralympic gold medalist looking for a 2012 Olympic quota in the able-bodied ISSF Men’s 50m Rifle Prone event. Jacobbson, a 45-year-old wheelchair rifle shooter, has been shooting on the Paralympic scene since his debut in 1984. He missed his goal of a pass to the able-bodied Olympic Games in London by just a few points in Korea, but will try again at the upcoming ISSF World Cups in Fort Benning and Munich.

American Sergeant Joseph Hein (Mason, Mich.) finished with 592 qualification points and missed the final by one point. Sergeant Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wisc.) also shot for 592 points. For complete scores and results, please navigate to the ISSF Website. Don’t forget to watch the highlights from the match at the ISSF’s YouTube Channel.

Picture courtesy of the ISSF (c) 2011

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