Rifle/Pistol ISSF World Cup Final Preview
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 19, 2011)
The best of the best will take aim at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final in Wroclaw, Poland. This prestigious match is invite-only and includes last year’s World Cup Final champions, top World Cup performers of 2011 and the reigning World Champions. With over 86 athletes, the competition will be fierce as the top ranked shooters go head-to-head. The USA Shooting Team is sending eight talented athletes—a very large number for such an elite event. “We are happy to have you here on the recurrence of the 90th anniversary of the Polish shooting federation,” said the President of the Polish shooting Federation, Mr. Tomasz Kwiecien in an interview with the ISSF’s Marco Dalla Dea. “We would like to thank the ISSF for entrusting us with the organization of this important competition.”
The ISSF World Cup Final begins on Sept. 19, and hits the record books on Tuesday, Sept. 20, with finals in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone, Women’s 25m Pistol and Men’s 50m Free Pistol. Sergeant First Class Eric Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ga.) and Sergeant First Class Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.) will represent the USA during the first day of final competition. Coming off two ISSF World Cup silvers (and an Olympic quota) this year, Uptagrafft is ready for his competition in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone. Reigning ISSF World Cup Final Champion Szarenski will take on the world in Men’s 50m Free Pistol.
The following day Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position athletes Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.) and Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) will take the stage aiming for international glory. Not only is Beyerle the top ranked women’s smallbore shooter in the world, but she is also the reigning ISSF World Cup Final Champion. USA Shooting Team members Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Fla.) will compete for the USA in Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol. Both Sanderson and Milev scored Olympic participation quotas in ISSF World Cup competition this year.
Men’s 10m Air Pistol will be contested on Thursday, Sept. 22, with Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) headlining for the USA. Beaman won his ISSF World Cup bronze medal in a hard-fought battle at Fort Benning, Ga. The match concludes with American Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Mass.) in Women’s 10m Air Rifle. Scherer, a junior on the rifle team at Texas Christian University, earned a quota for the USA at the ISSF World Cup Changwon earlier this year. Follow the action live at the ISSF’s website and catch report on USA Shooting’s Facebook page, Twitter and website.
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