Rifle: Duo to Compete at London World Cup

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • April 18, 2012 02:39 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior National Rifle Association (NRA) All-American Petra Zublasing and freshman Amy Bock will shoot at the London International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup, which opens today at the Royal Artillery Barracks venue in Woolwich, London.

The “London Prepares” event, an official test for the 2012 London Olympic Games, features more than 800 shooters from 97 countries competing in all 15 ISSF Olympic shooting events.

Zublasing, the 2012 NCAA air rifle champion, will shoot for the Italian National Team, while Bock will compete with the Puerto Rico National Team. Both shooters have previous experience on the ISSF World Cup circuit.

“This week’s World Cup is another great opportunity for Petra and Amy to shoot alongside some of the world’s top athletes,” says Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond. “They have both prepared extensively for this event, and I’m excited to see their results.”

Zublasing, a native of Appiano, Italy, secured an Olympic quota with a third-place finish in the women’s 10m air rifle at the 2011 ISSF Fort Benning World Cup and will shoot for Italy at this year’s Games. Bock, an East Brunswick, N.J., native, is still in contention for an Olympic bid.

Former Mountaineer and 2011 NCAA air rifle champion Nicco Campriani also will compete for Italy this week. The 2010 air rifle world champion, Campriani, a four-time NRA All-American, was the first qualified athlete among all sport events for the London 2012 Olympic Games and is a favorite to medal this August.

Hammond also will shoot this week. A member of the Great Britain Team at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the Aberdeen, Scotland, native is still gunning for a bid to this summer’s Games.

The week’s competition begins tomorrow with the women’s 10m air rifle relay. Competition will conclude on Saturday, April 28, with the men’s 50m rifle 3 position final and a medal ceremony.