ISSF World Cup Sydney: Day 1 Report

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 23, 2011)

The first day of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Sydney brought surprising results in Women’s 10m Air Pistol. Georgia’s Nino Salukvadze, currently the ranked twenty-fourth in the world, won the event by over a point for the gold medal. With a total score of 485.5 (385 + 100.5) points, Salukvadze (pictured center) won a quota for her homeland, which according to Georgia rules, allots her the spot for London 2012. An experienced competitor, the upcoming Olympic Games will be Salukvadze’s seventh Olympiad. The silver medalist was Finland’s Mira Suhonen with 484 (386 + 98) total points. Suhonen was not eligible for the quota as she already won one at the 2010 World Championships. The second available quota was awarded to the bronze medalist, the Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych with 483.6 (386 + 97.6) total points. Finally, Taipei’s Tien Chi Chen ranked seventy-third in the world, finished fourth to grab the final quota with 481.9 total points. The USA’s Teresa Meyer (Dearborn, Mich.) finished in twenty-fourth place with 378 points in qualification. Teammate Brenda Silva (Riverside, Calif.) finished with 368 total points.

In Women’s 10m Air Rifle, ninth-ranked Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia won the gold medal and quota with 502.6 total points (399 + 103.6). She topped Iran’s Elaheh Ahmadi by just four-tenths of a point, who finished with 502.2 (399 + 103.2) total points. Ahmadi brings home her country’s second and final quota place for London 2012. The bronze medalist was the Ukraine’s Darya Tykhova with 501.7 (398 + 103.7) total points. American Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) finished in thirty-first place with 394 qualification points. Teammates Meghann K. Morrill (Boerne, Texas) and Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Conn.) finished forty-eighth and ninth respectively with 392 and 391 total points.

The competition starts up again on March 24 with finals in Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position, Men’s 10m Air Pistol and Women’s Trap. The Americans will be cheering for two-time Olympian Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) as he aims to reach the threshold for U.S. Olympic point selection. Emmons is ineligible to win a quota for the USA Shooting Team as he won a quota in Men’s 10m Air Rifle at the 2010 World Championships. He will be joined by teammates Sergeant First Class Jason Parker (Columbus, Ga.) and Sergeant Joseph Hein (Mason, Mich.) who will both be chasing a quota for the red, white and blue.

In Men’s 10m Air Pistol, the USA is sending a strong team of 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.), 2010 Championship of the Americas gold medalist Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) and multiple 2010 World Cup medalist Sergeant First Class Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.). Beaman’s gold at the Championship of the Americas gave the U.S. its first Men’s 10m Air Pistol quota. Sgt. 1st Class Szarenski is the USA Shooting Team’s only hope for the final quota at this World Cup since Turner is ineligible as he won a quota in Men’s 50m Free Pistol at the 2010 Championship of the Americas.

Finally, Americans and Texans Victoria Burch (Kerrville, Texas), Caitlin Weinheimer (Kerrville, Texas) and Miranda Wilder (Diana, Texas) are currently shooting qualification rounds for Women’s Trap. With seven of the top ten shooters in the world in attendance, it will be a tough competition. Keep in mind, however, that the federations of all of the top ten shooters minus Russia, have already won quotas. Moreover, the three shooters from Great Britain already have a quota as the host country of the 2012 Olympic Games. For more information, start lists and intermediate results, please visit the ISSF Website.

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