Three-time Olympian Daryl Szarenski (WCAP/Seale, Ala.) scored a sixth-place showing at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) "London Prepares" World Cup in the Men's 50-meter Free Pistol Event. With heavy rain and cold weather permeating the London Olympic venue, Szarenski earned the USA Shooting Team's seventh top-eight finish of the London World Cup with three days remaining.
Szarenski, who has earned a spot on his fourth Olympic Team after winning the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Air Pistol, had a bad final round in qualifying after scoring an uncharacteristic 88 points, which ultimately weakened his ability for medal contention. He earned his way into the finals in a shoot-off with five other competitors and rebounded with a third-best finals score of 96.6 points.
Teammates Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) and Nick Mowrer (Butte, Mont.) finished 17th and 46th respectively.
Despite the wet, soggy conditions in London, Men's and Women's Trap qualifying rounds began today as well with Collin Weitfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.) recording 47 out of a possible 50 hits through two rounds for the U.S. Men's Team. Teammates Jake Turner (Richland, Wash.) and Ryan Hadden (USAMU/Pendleton, Ore.) scored 46 and 45 points over their two rounds of action. Kayle Browning (Wooster, Ark.) shot a first-round score of 24 out of a possible 25 targets to lead the U.S. Women while Caitlin Barney Weinheimer (Kerrville, Texas) sits just behind with 23 points. Recent World Cup victor and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) struggled and missed six of her 25 targets for 19 points.
Thursday's World Cup events will feature finals action in Women's Trap as well as Women's 50m 3-Position Rifle. Also on tap will be more qualifying rounds for Men's Trap and the start of Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol.
All fifteen of the ISSF Olympic shooting events - in the disciplines of Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun shooting - will be conducted during the test event that runs through April 28.
The 2012 ISSF "London Prepares" World Cup schedule:
Thursday, April 26 Women's 50m 3P Rifle, Women's Trap, Men's Trap, Men's 25m Pistol
Friday, April 27 Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, Men's 50m 3-position Rifle, Men's Trap
Saturday, April 28 Men's 50m 3-position Rifle
* Bold/italics represent FINALS
There are a number of ways you can follow the action from London. Tune-in through
, Facebook, Twitter on www.issf-sports.org
ELEY is a Proud Sponsor of the USA Shooting Rifle and Pistol Teams: ELEY Limited, manufacturer of the world's most consistently accurate rimfire ammunition, has been the Official Sponsor and Official Supplier of .22 rimfire ammunition of the USA Shooting rifle and pistol teams since 2000. For more information on ELEY and their products, please visit www.eley.co.uk
Winchester Ammunition is a Proud Sponsor of the USA Shooting Shotgun Team: Winchester® Ammunition has been the exclusive ammunition sponsor and supplier of the USAShooting Shotgun Team since 1999. Members of the 2008 shotgun team brought home four medals from Beijing using Winchester AA International Target loads. Winchester is an industry leader in advancing and supporting conservation, hunter education and our country's proud shooting sports heritage. For more information about Winchester and its complete line of products, visit www.winchester.com
About USA Shooting:
USA Shooting, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. USA Shooting's mission is to prepare American athletes to win Olympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S. and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country. Check us out on the web at www.usashooting.org
and on Twitter at twitter.com/USAShooting