ISSF World Cup USA: Men's 10m Air Rifle & Women's 10m Air Pistol

FORT BENNING, Ga. (May 16, 2011)

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup USA 2011 began with a heated battle in Men’s 10m Air Rifle. Top ranked Niccolo Campriani of Italy entered the final in first with 599 out of 600 qualification points. He had a two-point lead over France’s Pierre Edmond Piasecki (who shot 597 qualification points). With the highest final of the competition--103.8 points, Edmond tied Campriani with a strong tenth shot of 10.5 points to Campriani’s 10.2 points. His high scoring shot left the two tied for the gold medal with 700.8 points. In an exciting finish, Piasecki nailed a 10.1 shot to Campriani’s 10.0 shot. “He [Campriani] had beaten me by 0.1 points at the last World Cup, in Sydney,” Piasecki said in an interview with the ISSF’s Marco Dalla Dea. The bronze medal was won by China’s Zhu Quinan with a total of 597 qualification points and 103.4 points in the final for a total of 700.4 points. The three Olympic quota places were awarded to Peter Hellenbrand of the Netherlands in fourth place with 699.7 points, Alin George Moldoveanu of Romania in fifth place (698.9 points) and Sergey Kamenskiy of Russia in eighth place with 695.9 points.

The USA Shooting Team’s Bryant Wallizer (New Orleans, Md.) entered into an eight person shoot-off for only three spots in the final. Wallizer fired 596 qualification points and was the fourth finisher in the shoot-off with 51.1 points. Corporal Matt Rawlings (Wharton, Texas) and Jonathan Hall (Carrollton, Ga.) both finished with 594 qualification points.

The Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych reemerged on the World Cup scene in 2011 with two prior medals this year and entered today’s final with a very strong 100.4 points in the final in Women’s 10m Air Pistol. Kostevych the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, and today she stepped onto podium an ISSF World Cup Champion. Tied with Annu Raj Singh of India, Kostevych remained steady to gain a two point lead in the final. She finished with 389 qualification points and 100.4 points in the final for 489.4 total points. The silver medal and a quota was awarded to Singh with 389 qualification points and 97.6 points in the final for 486.6 total points. The bronze medalist was Celine Goberville of France with 388 qualification points and 98.3 points in the final for 486.3 total points.

Teresa Meyer (Dearborn, Mich.) was the highest placing American in twenty-second place with 381 points. Petty Officer First Class Sandra Uptagrafft (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished with 377 qualification points and teammate Brenda Silver (Riverside, Calif.) shot 374 points.

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