MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University junior Maren Prediger
won Gold in the women’s 10m air rifle at the 2013 Summer Universiade, held July 6-17, in Kazan, Russia.
Representing Germany, the Petersaurach native shot 206.4 in the discipline final on July 12. One of the NCAA’s top air rifle shooters, and a National Rifle Association (NRA) All-America First Team Air Rifle honoree, she advanced in the competition after finishing fourth in the qualification relay with a 414.7 mark.
“This is a great result for Maren,” says Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond. “The Summer Universiade is a world-class competition – there are athletes there that have competed at the Olympics, and she was up against a very strong field. Winning this medal should be a good kick-start to her second season at WVU.”
Prediger, along with German teammates Isabella Straub and Yvonne Schlotterbeck, also finished fourth in the air rifle team competition with a score of 1234.9.
In addition to her air rifle win, Prediger also shot 551 (182 kneeling, 185 prone, 184 standing) in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions on July 15, and 583 in the women’s 50m rifle prone on July 16.
Classmate Meelis Kiisk
joined Prediger at the competition. The Paide, Estonia, native earned his best finish yesterday, as he placed 20th in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions with a score of 1149 (376 kneeling, 387 prone, 386 standing). Kiisk also shot 615.5 in the men’s 10m air rifle on July 14, and 611.4 in the men’s 50m rifle prone on July 15.
“This competition was a great experience for Maren and Meelis, and it was good for WVU to have two representatives,” says Hammond. “It’s the second-largest sporting event behind the Olympics, and they really got that same type of feeling as if they were at the Summer Games – they lived in an athlete village and socialized with athletes from other sports. Overall, this was hopefully a very fun and unique experience for them and should help them reach their future goals.”
The 2013 Summer Universiade, otherwise known as the World University Summer Games, is a biennial event featuring student-athletes. The 2015 Games will be held in Gwangju, South Korea.