ISSF World Cup Changwon: Day 1
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 9, 2011)
The Changwon International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup started out in fine form. In Men’s 10m Air Rifle, Hungarian Peter Sidi led the pack with 598 qualification points. Israel’s Sergy Rikhter was right on his heels with 597 points. Rikhter started the final with a solid 10.8 shot, while Sidi fired a surprising 9.6. Yet, Sidi wasn’t ready to relinquish the lead as he fired ten after ten for 104.6 points in the final to finish with 702.6 total points. Though Rikhter kept pace with a 104.6 final, but couldn’t overcome the one-point deficit Sidi had entering the final and scored 701.6 total points. Rikhter also brought home a quota place to the Israeli federation. Sidi climbed the podium for the gold medal and Rikhter was awarded the silver. China’s Tao Wang won the bronze medal with 701.4 total points (597+104.4). Fourth place finisher Artur Aivazian of the Ukraine and France’s Jeremy Monnier (eighth) were awarded the two other quotas available in Men’s 10m Air Rifle.
The highest placing American was Corporal Matt Rawlings (Wharton, Texas) with 594 qualification points. A score of 595 points offered athletes the opportunity to shoot in the final and Rawlings (pictured) was one-point shy. Next, Bryant Wallizer (New Orleans, Md.) shot 593 points and Matt Wallace (Fairbanks, Alaska) shot 586 points.
Competition continues on April 9 with finals in Women’s 10m Air Rifle. The USA will be represented Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Conn.), Sandy Fong (New York, N.Y.), Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.), Sarah Scherer (Fort Worth, Texas) and Meghann K. Morrill (Boerne, Texas). For complete results and schedule details, please visit the ISSF Website.