ISSF World Cup Sydney: Richmond Continues his Streak with Silver

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 27, 2011)

After winning a bronze medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Chile World Cup, Staff Sergeant Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pa.) was dialed in and shooting straight. He kept the momentum alive as he won a silver medal in Men’s Double Trap at the ISSF World Cup Sydney on March 27. Richmond (pictured), currently the top ranked Men’s Double Trap shooter in the world, smashed 140 targets in qualification and 46 targets in the final for a total of 186. Coming off a relatively quiet 2010, Richard Faulds of Great Britain won the gold medal and a quota place with 141 targets in qualification and a strong final of 47 targets for a total of 188 broken targets. Faulds was the gold medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, so it was a fitting end that his quota win came from the same lustrous range. The bronze medal was won by Italy’s Francesco D’Aniello, who broke 184 targets (140 + 44). USA Shooting Team member Sergeant Jeffrey Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) finished in sixteenth place with 136 targets. His fellow American, Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) shot for 127 targets in qualification.

Japan’s Matsuda Tomoyuki won the Men’s 10m Air Pistol gold medal a few days ago and dedicated the win to the people of his homeland still suffering from the effects of the recent natural disaster. With concern for his country on the forefront of his mind, Tomoyuki walked away victorious in the Men’s 50m Pistol final. Tomoyuki shot 567 points in qualification and continued to increase the gap between him and other competitors with a final of 97 points for a total of 664 points. In an interview with the ISSF’s Marco Dalla Dea, Tomoyuki said, “I can’t really celebrate right now. My family lives in the surroundings of Tokyo, and we are worried about a nuclear emergency. Everybody here at the ISSF World Cup asked me if I was okay while I was in Japan. I was touched by them and I would like to thank all the shooters who came to talk to me.” Francesco Bruno of Italy secured the silver medal with 563 qualification points and 96.8 points in the final. Bruno and bronze medalist Pang Wei of China (561 + 95.9) were both awarded quota places for London 2012. The USA’s Sergeant First Class Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.) finished in nineteenth place with 553 qualification points. Teammates Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) and Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) finished with 549 and 540 points respectively.

Finally, in Women’s 25m Sport Pistol, the Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych battled it out for the gold medal with Antoaneta Boneva of Bulgaria and Jing Yuan of China. Kostevych and Yuan both shot 584 points in qualification and were attempting to catch Boneva’s score of 587 qualification points. With a strong final of 203.3, Kostevych outlasted the competition for the gold medal and quota spot. Yuan won the silver medal with a score of 786.2 total points (584 + 202.1). Boneva finished with the bronze medal at 786.1 total points (587 + 199.1) and was awarded a quota place for her federation. USA Shooting Team member Teresa Meyer (Dearborn, Mich.) finished in the middle of the pack with 573 qualification points. Teammate Brenda Silva (Riverside, Calif.) shot for 569 total points.

There are no finals on March 28, but elimination and qualification shooting will occur for Men’s 50m Rifle Prone and Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol. For complete results and world rankings, please visit the ISSF Website. Don’t forget to watch the finals on the ISSF’s YouTube Channel.

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