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Finals 10m Air Rifle Women

World Champ Yi claimed 10m Air Rifle Women Gold

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Fort Benning, USA

The 22-year old beat Germany’s Pfeilschifter in a shoot-off for Gold. The young Chinese record holder had won her first ISSF medal here in Fort Benning, one year ago.

 

“This is a magic place for me! All started here, one year ago.” the winner of today’s 10m Air Rifle Women event, China’s Yi Siling, said right after the match.

 

Entering the match in fifth place with 398 points, one point behind her leading opponents, she moved up in the scoreboard by shooting 104.0 points in the final.

 

Closing the final match with an overall score of 502.0 points, she had to shoot-off against Germany’s ISSF multi-medallist Sonja Pfeilschifeter – outdoing her 10.3 to 10.1 – to climb upon the highest step of the podium.

 

Yi had won the ISSF World Cup held here in Fort Benning one year ago, and that victory – her first ISSF Gold medal – boosted her for the upcoming 2010 ISSF World Championship, where she won the title by setting a new, great final world record of 505.6 points.

 

“I am focusing on the next championship now, I would like to win the next World Cup as well!” the 22-year old said. The next ISSF World Cup Stage will be held in Munich, Germany, where the young athlete won the World Championship last year, qualifying to participate in the next 2012 Olympic Games in London.

 

“Winning the Games is my highest goal. Of course it won’t be easy, and I don’t even know how many selection matches I still have to go through before I can say I made the Olympic team. But I will try my best!”

 

While Germany’s Pfeilschifter was awarded the Silver with 502.0 + 10.1 points after the shoot-off, the Bronze medal went to Italy’s Petra Zublasing, 21, who finished on the podium with 501.8 (399+102.8) points. Zublasing also secured an Olympic Quota Place, a pass to the next 2012 Olympics in London.

 

The second and the third Olympic Quota Places to be awarded by the ISSF at today’s final were secured by Denmark’s Stine Nielsen – who finished in fourth with 500.9 (399+101.9) points - and by Austria’s Stephanie Obermoser – fifth with 500.8 (398+102.8) points.

 

Marco Dalla Dea