ISSF World Cup Sydney: Day 3 Report

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 26, 2011)

Men’s Trap came down to one target the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Sydney. Reigning world champion, Spain’s Alberto Fernandez, gave the Spanish federation cause for celebration with his outstanding final and shoot-off. With 120 targets from qualification, Fernandez was seeded in the middle of the final. With the highest final score of 23 targets, he tied Italy’s Rodolfo Vigano, last year’s bronze medalist at the ISSF World Cup Lonato. Rodolfo was leading by a target headed into the final (121 targets), but dropped three in the final for 22 targets. In a single target shoot-off, Fernandez celebrated a gold medal finish. The bronze medal was awarded to Stefan Ruettgeroth of Germany with 142 total targets (121 + 21).

A major surprise in the final came from Australian Michael Diamond, a man whose name is practically synonymous with trap success. Diamond couldn’t get a handle on things as he dropped the first three targets and lost the last two. He finished with a disappointing 18 targets in the final to finish fifth. Since Fernandez already won a quota at the 2010 World Championships, quotas were given to Vigano and Ruettgeroth. Americans Derrick Mein (Marengo, Ohio) and Staff Sergeant Ryan Hadden (Pendleton, Ore., pictured above at the 2010 ISSF World Cup Beijing) finished in the middle of the field with 109 targets. Ben Salas (Santa Fe, N.M.) shot for 101 targets.

The ISSF World Cup Sydney continues on March 26 with the much-anticipated Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position final and the Men’s 10m Air Rifle final. The USA has already acquired both quotas in the women's event and one quota in the latter, but looks to gain another. USA Shooting’s Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.) is on fire right now—she finished the elimination round with a score of 591 points. Sandy Fong (New York, N.Y.) and Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) will be aiming for the podium. Both Fong and Sowash are Resident Athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and looking to gain points towards U.S. Olympic selection. Beyerle is currently leading the point total for 2012 and a bronze medal in Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position will put her above the point threshold and well on her way to London.

In Men’s 10m Air Rifle, Corporal Matt Rawlings (Wharton, Texas) will also be aiming to acquire more U.S. Olympic selection points. Rawlings won the first Men’s 10m Air Rifle quota in Rio de Janeiro at the 2010 Championship of the Americas. Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.), who a quota won in Men’s 50m Rifle Prone and therefore is not eligible to win another, will also be competing. Rounding out the trio is U.S. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Bryant Wallizer (Little Orleans, Md.) who won the bronze medal at the 2010 Championship of the Americas. For more information and starts lists, please visit the ISSF Website.

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