ISSF World Cup Sydney: USA Women Raise the Flag

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 26, 2011)

Watching an American flag being raised after winning a medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Sydney is an inspiring sight. At the medal ceremony for Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position, there was not one, but two American flags flying high. Despite the gusting wind, the USA Shooting Team women were aiming for the top and not looking back. Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa., pictured center) got things off to a world-class start in the elimination relay with 591 total points. In the qualification round, Beyerle nearly matched her score with 589 total points. Beyerle had a strong lead entering the final and shot 96.3 points in the final for the gold medal and 685.3 total points. Teammate Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky., pictured left) was also at her best. Sowash shot 586 qualification points and 90.4 points in the final for 676.4 total points and the silver medal. The bronze medal was won by China’s Yi Siling with 581 qualification points and 94.9 points in the final for 675.9 total points. The USA’s Sandy Fong (New York, N.Y.) shot a very competitive 588 points in qualification, but was disqualified in the final because of equipment failure. At the beginning of each final, the ISSF rechecks all equipment to ensure fair play. Fong’s shooting jacket passed three days prior, but failed a stiffness test in the final.

In Men’s 10m Air Rifle, rising star Niccolo Campriani of Italy topped the podium. The reigning world champion is coming off a stellar 2010 season with multiple world cup medals, two world cup final medals and a world championship title. Campriani shot a qualification score of 596 points to put him in the middle of the pack for the final. With an outstanding 103.3 points in the final, he bested France’s Edmond Piasecki by just one-tenth of a point. Campriani finished with 699.3 total points and Piasecki fired for 699.2 total points (597 + 102.2). Though Italian, this shooter has ties to the USA as he trains and studies at the West Virginia University. Campriani had already won a quota, so Piasecki, bronze medalist Wang Tao of China (596 + 103) and fourth place finisher Are Hansen of Norway (597+102) were awarded Olympic quota spots. Tao beat Hansen in a shoot-off for the bronze 10.1 to 9.8. American Matt Rawlings narrowly missed a spot in the finals. Tied with nine other shooters at 595 qualification points, Rawlings fired 50.7 points in the shoot-off, but finished three spots shy. Bryant Wallizer (New Orleans, Md.) finished in the middle of the pack with 590 qualification points. Teammate Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) shot for 585 points.

At the ISSF World Cup Sydney, the USA Shooting Team has won two medals and shot in two finals. The team looks to increase those totals in the last five days of competition. March 27 begins with a final in Men’s 50m Pistol. Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.), Sergeant First Class Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.) and Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) will be representing the USA. Turner won a quota for the USA at the 2010 Championship of the Americas, so he is ineligible to win another. Also on the agenda for March 27 is the rapid stage of Women’s 25m Sport Pistol. The USA’s Teresa Meyer (Dearborn, Mich.) is currently situated in the top quarter of the field with 291 points after the precision stage. Brenda Silva (Riverside, Calif.) is in the middle of the pack with 284 points thus far. Finally, the day’s competition wraps-up with Men’s Double Trap. With one of the most accurate and highly-ranked Men’s Double Trap arsenals in the world, the USA looks to grab another quota and watch our flag flying high. Leading the group will be Staff Sergeant Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pa.), the 2010 world champion and recent bronze medalist at the first leg of the ISSF World Cup season in Concepcion, Chile. Teammates Jeffrey Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) are also gearing up for qualification and aiming for a second quota for the USA. For more information, please visit the ISSF Website.

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