World Cup Munich Preview

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 16, 2011)

Rifle and Pistol members of the USA Shooting Team are in Munich, Germany, for the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Munich. The ISSF has announced that this World Cup is bound to set records with 884 registered athletes from 85 international federations. With a total of 1485 starts, ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber said, “It’s a record, no doubt about it. Never before, a Rifle and Pistol World Cup Stage registered this participation.” The event will take place on the prestigious 1972 Olympic Shooting Range from June 17 to 22. This is the last opportunity American athletes have to earn 2012 Olympic quotas from an ISSF World Cup. The USA Shooting Team is looking to earn quotas in the following events: (one) Women’s 10m Air Rifle, (one) Men’s 10m Air Rifle, (two) Women’s 10m Air Pistol, (one) Men’s 10m Air Pistol, (one) Men’s 50m Free Pistol, (two) Women’s 25m Sport Pistol, (one) Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol and (one) Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position.

The event begins with competition in Men’s and Women’s 10m Air Rifle finals. Representing the USA Shooting Team in the men’s event are Jonathan Hall (Carrollton, Ga.), Matt Rawlings (Wharton, Texas) and Bryant Wallizer (Little Orleans, Md.). Wallizer was just shy of the final at the ISSF World Cup USA and is looking to enter into his first final of the year in Munich. Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Conn.), Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) and Sarah Scherer (Fort Worth, Texas) are the women’s air rifle shooters. In April, Scherer scored the USA’s first quota at the second stage of the ISSF World Cup season in Changwon, Korea.

On Sunday, June 19, Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.), Sergeant First Class Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.) and Nick Mowrer (Butte, Mont.) will shoot for the podium in Men’s 50m Free Pistol. Szarenski narrowly missed the final in the ISSF World Cup USA and he’s looking to secure a medal in Munich. Women’s 25m Sport Pistol will also be contested that day with the USA watching Teresa Meyer (Dearborn, Mich.) and Petty Officer First Class Sandra Uptagrafft (Los Angeles, Calif.).

Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.), Sergeant Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wisc.) and Sergeant First Class Eric Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) are all world-class Men’s 50m Rifle Prone athletes. They will pit their talents against some of the best in the world on June 20. Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol athletes Corporal Brad Balsley (Uniontown, Pa.), Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Fla.) and Sergeant First Class Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will shoot following the men’s prone match. Like Scherer, Sanderson was also successful in Changwon, winning the USA’s first Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol quota.

The USA’s Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.) was the ELEY Athlete of the Month for June due to her terrific performance at the ISSF World Cup USA. Beyerle has won two Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position gold medals at the past two World Cups and looks to repeat that performance on June 21. Americans Sarah Beard (Danville, Ind.) and Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Wash.) will also represent the USA. Later that day, Men’s 10m Air Pistol athletes Turner, Szarenski and Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) will represent the USA.

Sandra Uptagrafft and Meyer will also be the trio of ladies representing the USA in Women’s 10m Air Pistol on the final day of competition on June 22. Emmons, Sergeant Joe Hein (Mason, Mich.) and Sergeant First Class Jason Parker (Columbus, Ga., pictured) will step up to the firing line in Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position after the Women’s 10m Air Pistol final. Emmons has one ISSF World Cup medal on the season and is looking to increase that number in Munich. Keep an eye on the action with live scores from the ISSF Website.

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