ISSF World Cup Sydney: Emmons Scores a Silver!

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 24, 2011)

The USA’s Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J., pictured courtesy of the ISSF (c) 2011) was the first American to step onto the podium at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Sydney. Repeating his medal winning performance from 2010 (he won a gold in the same event in Sydney last year), Emmons secured the silver medal in the Men’s 50m Three Position event. With 1169 qualification points, Emmons was situated in the middle of the final. Facing a deficit of seven points after China’s Qinan Zhu shot a commanding 1176 qualification points, Emmons fired 101 points in the final to outlast the rest of the field and finish just 1.4 points behind Zhu. Moreover, this win puts Emmons above the threshold for U.S. Olympic point selection. With 48 total points thus far, Emmons is well on his way to becoming a three-time Olympian.

Zhu brought home the gold medal for the event with 1271.4 total points (1176 + 95.4). Known around the world for his Men’s 10m Air Rifle prowess, Zhu shot world-class scores on a new distance for his first 50m World Cup medal. Korea’s Jinseop Han, currently ranked second in the world for this event, claimed the bronze medal with 1268 total points (1171 + 97). All shooters gracing the podium had already won quotas for their federations, so quotas were awarded to the fourth (Slovakia’s Jozef Gonci) and seventh place (Austria’s Thomas Farnik) finishers. American Sergeant First Class Jason Parker (Columbus, Ga.) finished fifteenth with 1162 qualification points and his teammate Joseph Hein (Mason, Mich.) fired 1157 qualification points for twenty-second place.

In Men’s 10m Air Pistol, the Americans narrowly missed the opportunity to compete in the finals. Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) finished in eleventh place with 578 qualification points (579 points was a shoot-off for the finals). However, in an inspired victory, Japan’s Matsuda Tomoyuki, a 35-year-old police officer, dedicated his gold medal to the people of Japan. In an interview with the ISSF’s Marco Dalla Dea, Tomoyuki said, “My country is suffering a terrible situation, after the natural disaster that hit Japan. My first thoughts go to all those who are suffering in these days.” According to the ISSF, the Japanese federation only sent a small rifle and pistol contingent to this combined World Cup after the natural disasters of late. Tomoyuki forged ahead, marking 585 qualification points and the highest final of 100.7 points for 685.7 total points—a nearly six-point victory. The silver medal belonged to the Ukraine’s Oleg Omelchuk with 680 total points (582 + 98). China’s Tian Zhang won the bronze medal with 582 qualification points and 97.8 points in the final for 679.8 total points. Sergeant First Class Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.) finished in twentieth place with 577 qualification points and teammate Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) shot for 570 points.

Finally, in Women’s Trap, San Marino’s Alessandra Perilli proved that youth rules the field with her second World Cup gold of the season. Fresh off the top of the podium in Chile, Perilli captured her third ISSF World Cup medal—this time gold—with 89 total targets (68+21). Jessica Rossi of Italy (70 + 17) and Cuicui Wu (68 + 19) of China tied with 87 targets for the silver medal. In a very brief shoot-off, Rossi bested Wu one target to none. Wu finished with the bronze medal. Once again, all medalists have already secured quota places, so Korea’s Eom Soyeon (fifth) and Turkey’s Nihan Kantarchi (sixth) were awarded quotas. America’s 16-year-old Miranda Wilder (Diana, Texas) finished strong with 67 targets, just one shy of the final. National Shotgun team member Caitlin Weinheimer (Kerrville, Texas) finished with 64 targets and fellow Kerrville native Victoria Burch finished with 61 targets.

After three rounds of qualification, Men’s Trap finishes on March 25 with the last two rounds and finals. The Americans currently have three shooters—Staff Sergeant Ryan Hadden (Pendleton, Ore.), Derrick Mein (Marengo, Ohio) and Ben Salas (Santa Fe, N.M.). After 75 targets, Hadden is leading the Americans with 67 targets, Mein has 67 targets and Salas shot 62 targets. For more information or start lists, please visit the ISSF website.

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