World Cup USA Set to Begin Monday: Men’s Air Rifle & Women’s Air Pistol Preview
FT. BENNING, Ga. (May 5, 2013)
The plinking of pellets will fill the halls of Ft. Benning’s 10m Air Rifle/Pistol range early Monday as competitors get the 2013 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup USA underway. Featured matches taking place at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) include Women’s 10m Air Pistol and Men’s 10m Air Rifle with 105 athletes set to step to the firing lines in the second World Cup of the season.
A total of 290 athletes, including 31 of America’s top Olympic-style shooters, representing 40 nations will compete in the week-long event.
U.S. National Pistol Coach Sergey Luzov will put forth a mix of veteran and rookie sharp shooters in a field that features some prolific talent. Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) will compete in her first world-level competition since the London Olympic Games while 2013 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) gold medalist Alana Townsend (Kalispell, Mont.) gets the call on American soil for her first World Cup match. Townsend will be joined by another World Cup rookie in Darian Shenk (Annville, Pa.), who finished second to Townsend last month at the NJOSC. Teresa (Meyer) Chambers (Dearborn, Mich.) and four-time Olympian Elizabeth Callahan (Columbia, S.C.) also will compete for Team USA.
The event will include 2004 Olympic gold and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Olena Kostevych of Ukraine and three-time Olympic bronze medalist (’04, ’96, ’92) Maria Grozdeva of Bulgaria.
For a complete start list of Women’s 10m Air Pistol, click here: http://bit.ly/10cT4fD
U.S. National Rifle Coach Marcus Raab will make his National Team coaching debut Monday with a young but skilled group of marksmen. U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athletes Bryant Wallizer (Little Orleans, Md.) and Dempster Christianson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) are a part of the mix along with collegiate standouts Tyler Rico (Air Force/Tucson, Ariz.) and Connor Davis (Kentucky/Shelbyville, Ky.). Georgia native Jonathan Hall (Carrollton, Ga.), a 2012 U.S. Olympic Team member, also gets the call to the line as well. Other notables taking part in the World Cup for experience include Davis’ UK teammate Elijah Ellis (Kingsport, Tenn.), Daniel Lowe (Olympia, Wash.) and USAMU soldier Hank Gray (Belgrade, Mont.).
The event will include Germany’s Henri Junghanel, who swept both Air and Smallbore events at the 2013 Changwon World Cup. Davis and Ellis will have some familiarity with Junghanel who attends the University of Kentucky as well and was the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships silver medalist. Reigning Olympic gold medalist Alin George Moldoveanu of Romania along with bronze medalist Gagan Narang of India will occupy start positions in the field. Six of the top 10 ISSF-ranked Air Rifle competitors are among the contenders.
For a complete start list of Men’s 10m Air Rifle, click here: http://bit.ly/ZK6zb1
2013 World Cup USA Schedule
Tuesday, May 7 – Men’s 10m Air Pistol
Wednesday, May 8 – Women’s 10m Air Rifle
Thursday, May 9 – Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (Stage 1) & Men’s 50m Three-Position Rifle
Friday, May 10 – Women’s 50m Three-Position Rifle & Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (Stage 2 + Finals)
Saturday, May 11 – Women’s 25m Pistol & Men’s Prone Rifle (Eliminations)
Sunday, May 12 – Men’s Prone Rifle (Qualifying & Finals) & Men’s 50m Free Pistol