MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three-time National Champion Petra Zublasing won Gold in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions, today, at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Granada World Cup, at the Shooting Range CEAR de Tiro Olimpico Juan Carlos I, in Granada, Spain.
Zublasing, a 2013 West Virginia University graduate, shot five points better than the field in the final and captured her first Gold medal in the event with a score of 459.1. Representing Italy, the Appiano native led throughout the final and was the only shooter not to score an 8.0. With the win, she has qualified for the 2013 ISSF World Cup Final, set for Nov. 6-12, in Munich, Germany.
“I am very happy about this medal, my first Gold,” she said to the ISSF following today’s match. “I shot a good final, and it’s great because today it was so hot here in Granada. It’s very energy-consuming to compete in these conditions.”
Zublasing entered the final in second place after shooting 586 (197 kneeling, 199 prone, 190 standing) in today’s qualification relay. She shot 579 (191 kneeling, 197 prone, 191 standing) in yesterday’s first elimination relay.
India’s Lajja Guaswami finished second with a 454.0 final score, while Norway’s Malin Westerheim shot 443.9 and placed third.
Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond, representing Great Britain, and former WVU shooter Bryant Wallizer of the United States, also shot today. Hammond, a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, shot 1141 (383 kneeling, 389 prone, 369 standing) in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions first elimination relay, while Wallizer shot 1131 (380 kneeling, 392 prone, 359 standing) in the event’s minimum qualification score (MQS) competition. Neither will shoot in the event’s final qualification tomorrow.
Prior to today’s win, Zublasing placed 13th in the women’s 10m air rifle on July 7 with a score of 415.6. Junior Maren Prediger
, a native of Petersaurach, Germany, shot 415.6 and placed 41st.
Hammond shot 618.8 in the men’s 50m rifle prone qualification relay yesterday and finished 45th. He advanced after shooting 616.8 in the second elimination relay on July 7. Former Mountaineer Eric Uptagrafft, representing the United States, shot 615.1 in the event’s MQS competition, also on July 7.
Wallizer also shot in the men’s 10m air rifle competition on July 6 and finished 39th (615.8) overall.