ISSF World Cup Sydney: Uptagrafft's Quota & Silver Success

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 29, 2011)

Sergeant First Class Eric Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) has two big reasons to be proud of his performance at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Sydney. Uptagrafft’s (pictured) performance was not only worthy of a silver medal, but also the final Men’s 50m Rifle Prone quota for the USA Shooting Team. Uptagrafft shot an outstanding 599 out of 600 qualification points. He followed up the strong score with an outstanding final of 104.2 points for a total of 703.2 points. Against all odds, China’s Wang Weiyi won the gold medal with 106.4 points in the final and 597 qualification points to win by just two-tenths of a point. He was also awarded a quota for London 2012. According to the ISSF, Weiyi hasn’t competed in an ISSF World Cup since 2003. The bronze medalist of the match was Germany’s Henri Junghaenel who finished with 700.8 total points (596 + 104.8). The USA’s Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) missed the final by just one point, scoring 595 qualification points. Teammate Sergeant Joseph Hein (Mason, Mich.) finished with 587 points.

In the first rifle and pistol ISSF World Cup of the season, the ISSF instituted the new rules for the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol final. The new format is designed to make the event more media and spectator friendly. In lieu of the traditional scoring sequence, the ISSF had employed a “hit-or-miss” scoring system. Whereas, all finalists start the final with “0” points and any shot that an athlete hits—above a 9.7—is counted as a hit, thereby gaining a point for that athlete. All other shots are marked as a miss. The athletes fire four series of five shots each. After each round, the finalist with the lowest point total is eliminated until there are only two athletes left shooting for the gold and silver. The Czech Republic’s Martin Podhrasky outlasted the other five finalists for the gold medal with 33 hits (583 qualification points). Left to battle with Russia’s Viatcheslav Kalioujnyi, Podhrasky won by two hits in the final series. Kalioujnyi scored 31 hits in the final and 588 qualification points. The bronze medal was awarded to Ralf Schumann of Germany with 24 hits (584 qualification points.) The USA’s Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished in sixth place with seven hits and 584 qualification points. Teammate Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Fla.) narrowly missed the final with 581 qualification points. Sergeant Brad Balsley (Uniontown, Pa.) finished in the middle of the field with 567 qualification points.

The competition is coming to a close with Women’s and Men’s Skeet events left. The Women’s Skeet final starts March 30 and the Men’s Skeet will wrap up on March 31. The USA will be cheering on Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, La.), Jaiden Grinnell (Port Angeles, Wash.) and four-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) as the ladies vie for the podium. Currently, the USA women are all tied at 24 out of 25 targets after the first round of shooting. For more information please visit the ISSF Website.

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