Final 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men

50m Rifle 3 Positions Men – Emmons claimed his third Gold medal.

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Belgrade, SRB

Emmons won his third World Cup’s 50m Rifle Three Positions Gold medal this year. The American shooter, ranked first in the world in this event, is now looking forward to the ISSF World Championship.

The rifle champion Matthew Emmons left no chances to his opponents, at today’s 50m Rifle Three Positions Men competition, at the fourth and last stage of this year’s ISSF World Cup Series held in Belgrade, Serbia.

The 29-year old American shooter, an Olympic Medallist of Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, shoot three excellent qualification stages (Prone 397, Standing 390, Kneeling 394), making it into the final round in the lead with the highest qualification score of 1181 points, and with five points of advantage on the second shooter, Russia’s Khadjibekov.

Fighting against the strong wind blowing from the right to the left side of Belgrade’s shooting range, Emmons managed his head-start over his opponents, scoring 97.4 points during the final and climbing on the highest step of the podium with a total score of 1278.4 points.

“I shot couple of eighths, because of the wind.” Said the American champion, right after the match “It picked up quite strong during the final, affecting the bullets. I tried to compensate, but it hasn’t been easy, today!”

“In spite of all, I am happy that I am on the podium again. This is my third Gold medal in this event, this year… I am feeling great!” continued Emmons, who is currently ranked first in the world in this event after his victories at this year’s World Cup stages in Sydney and Fort Benning.

Counting today’s Gold, the American shooter has won three out of this year’s four World Cup’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions competitions, with a 100% success rate, as he only participate in three World Cup stages.  

“This has been the last big match before the World Championship – concluded the Gold medallist – Probably I am going to compete in a local match in Pilsen, but my next aim is the World Championship in Munich.” Emmons said, mentioning the 2010 ISSF World Championship in all events that will kick-off in Munich next 29th of July.

Today’s Silver medal went to the 40-year Russian Olympian Artem Khadjibekov, who finished in second place with a total score of 1274.9 points after shooting today’s highest final score (98.9 points).

Austria’s Mario Knoegler, 30, currently ranked second in the world in this event, took the Bronze medal with a total score of 1268.1 points, climbing from the fifth place. The Austrian shooter had won his last ISSF medal a couple of months ago, when he had claimed a Silver at the ISSF World Cup stage held in Sydney.

Marco Dalla Dea