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18.05.2009

Final 50m Rifle Prone Men

50m Rifle Prone M - Starik lifted Israel atop the medal standings

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Munich, GER

Israel’s Guy Starik won Gold at the Rifle Prone competition, taking Israel’s medal count up to 2 Golds, and lifting his country atop of the intermediate medal standings. Olympic Silver medallist Emmons of USA and his teammate McPhail followed in second and third position.

Guy Starik’s great performance
The ISSF world cup multi-medallist Guy STARIK of Israel, 44, a world record holder in this event, won the 50m Rifle Prone men event at the 2009 ISSF World Cup in all events in Munich with a total of 703. 3 points. Starik’s gold medal lifted Israel atop of the intermediate medal standings of this world cup stage, next to Russia.

The Israeli shooter had started the final round in the lead with a qualification score of 598 points, and build up his victory by firing great shots as a 10.8 fired on his second competition shot. With an extreme final of 105.3 points, Starik claimed his fourth world cup gold medal.

The 44-year old shooter is also a shooting coach, and one of his students, Sergey Rikhter, won a gold in the air rifle event two days ago. “To win a medal as a coach is more exciting, since you have no control on what’s going on, and this makes it more exciting!” Starik commented “But I have to admit that It’s nice to be back on a world cup podium. I had won my last world cup gold here in 2003. Munich’s shooting range is great, probably the best in the world…”

“My goals for the future are quite clear,” concluded Starik “I am looking forward to the 2012 Olympic Games in London”

Silver to USA’s champion Matthew Emmons
Following Starik, Silver went to the 2004 Olympic Champion of Athens, and Olympic Silver medallist of Beijing, Matthew EMMONS of the United States of America. Emmons, taking part in his first international competition this year, climbed the scoreboard shot after shot, overtaking both the Olympic champion Aivazian and his 27-year old team-mate Michael McPHAIL.

The American champion finished on the podium with a total score of 702.0 points (597+105.0) Emmons said: “Everybody welcomed me here in Munich! I have been taking some time off: Kate and me just welcome our first child, Julia… I started training again last January and I took it easy. This year I will not compete so often, - continued Emmons - I will not come to the next world cup in Milan, maybe we’ll see us at the World Cup Final.”

USA grabbed two medals
The United States of America celebrated two medals today, as Emmons teammate, USA’s Michael McPhail grabbed Bronze with 701.0 points. The 27-year old shooter had won a Bronze medal at the previous ISSF World Cup held at the Olympic Shooting Range of Beijing.

“The ISSF world cup in Munich is my favourite event! I like this competition! I will stay here a little bit longer for a training session, and I will prepare for this year’s world cup final. – McPhail said – Next year’s World Championship? It’s in my sights. I would like to improve to get ready for the world championships and for the 2012 Games.”

Two Champions in a shoot-ff
The Final was closed by an exciting shoot-off between the two best Rifle Prone shooters of the world. Coming from a weak qualification, Beijing’s Olympic Champion Artur AIVAZIAN of Ukraine finished the match tied to the 2008 World Cup Final winner and Beijing’s Olympic Bronze medallist Worren Potent with a total of 700.8 points. The two athletes had to pass through a shoot-off, won by Potent 10.1 to 9.0 points.  

The 35-year old Slovakian shooter Jozef Goci, who had won here a World Cup Final silver medal in 2000, scored a disappointing shot of 9.0 points on his sixth competition shot, dropping down in the scoreboard. He finished his final match in fourth place with 700.9 points.

Austria’s Christian PLANER, who made into the final by winning a 10-way shoot-off, finished the final in seventh place with 698.1 points, preceding the shooting veteran Vaclav BECVAR, a 51-year old three-time Olympians, who closed the match in eighth with 696.9 points. He had won his last ISSF award in 2003, at the ISSF world cup in Changwon.

The intermediate medal standings of the ISSF World Cup stage in all events in Munich:

RANK
NOC
GOLD
SILVER
BRONZE
TOT
1
ISR
2


2
1
RUS
2


2
3
CHN
1
3
1
5
4
USA
1
1
1
3
5
ITA
1


1
5
UKR
1


1
7
HUN

1
3
4
8
GBR

1

1
8
GER

1

1
8
SRB

1

1
11
CRO


1
1
11
KAZ


1
1
11
QAT


1
1



Marco Dalla Dea