ISSF World Cup Sydney Preview

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 22, 2011)

Members of the USA Shooting Team are currently in Sydney, Australia, ready to take on Stage Two of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup season. The event will be held at the site of the 2000 Olympic Games—the Olympic Shooting Range. This combined—rifle, pistol and shotgun—World Cup set records with 750 entrants from 68 different countries with over 1,000 registered starts. The highlight of the event, however, is the 34 Olympic quota places that will be awarded to the top competitors. ISSF President, Olegario Vazquez Raña, served as the official ISSF representative and started the event off complimenting the Organizing Committee for their hard work and dedication to the shooting sports. Vazquez Raña awarded Nick Sullivan, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, the President’s Button—the highest ISSF honor.

Competition begins on March 23 with finals in Women’s 10m Air Rifle and Women’s 10m Air Pistol. Three of the world’s top five Women’s 10m Air Rifle shooters will be vying for quota spots and glory in Sydney. China’s Yi Siling, the current world record holder (shot at the 2010 World Shooting Championships), has already won a quota for her country, but will be shooting for the top of the podium. Her teammate and number two in the world, Wu Liuxi also secured a quota at 2010 World Championships, but will be a force to contend with. The USA is sending a fierce team of both youth and experience. Two-time Olympian Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Conn. and pictured above at the 2010 USAS Winter Airgun Championships), World Championships finalist Meghann K. Morrill (Boerne, Texas) and 2008 Olympian Sandy Fong (New York, N.Y.) will represent the American entrants. Next, in Women’s 10m Air Pistol Brenda Silva (Riverside, Calif.) and Teresa Meyer (Dearborn, Mich.) will battle a field of 66 competitors from 33 different federations. Two of the top three in the world—Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic and Australia’s Lalita Yauhleskaya—have already won quotas, but like the Chinese in air rifle, are stiff competition for podium spots. Results will be posted on the USA Shooting website the morning of March 23. For immediate scores and results, please visit the ISSF Website.

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