World Champ Yi Siling wins again

World Champ Yi Siling has won the women’s 10m Air Rifle in Munich. The 23-year old world record holder shot 400 out of 400 points to enter the final match, and then led the round right to the last shot.

Her qualification score of 400 points is the third time she has equalled the World Record.

Yi shot a good final, scoring 103.6 points to pocket the Gold with an overall score of 503.6 points.

Robyn Van Nus was the top Australian, her score of 395-28 putting her in 42nd overall, while Alethea Sedgman shot 387-23 to rank 99th.

“It’s great to win again here in Munich, I feel so happy, and I am looking forward to the next big appointment: the Olympic Games,” the Chinese victor said. She had won the 2010 World Championship – and an Olympic Quota Place – here at the 1972 Olympic Shooting Range of Munich, where she had also set the current Final World Record of 505.6 points.

Currently ranked second in the world, Yi beat today the world ranking’s leader, Germany’s Sonja Pfeilschifter, in an unlucky day for the German team. The home shooter, who had won the first World Cup Stage of the year in London, ended up in fourth place, today. Starting off the match in second with 399 points, Pfeilchifter lost her place on the podium one her second final shot, when she marked a frustrating 8.5 which landed her in fourth with a total of 502.1 points. Following her, the second German finalist, Jessica Mager, landed in fifth with a total score of 501.5 (399+102.5) points.

Fighting for the medals, Serbia’s Andrea Arsovic and Ukraine’s Dariya Sharipova decided their placements with the last shots.

Andrea Arsovic, the 2010 European Champion, shot 104.5 points in the final – today’s highest score – after qualifying with 399 points. And with a total of 503.5 points the 25-year old finalist stepped on the podium securing the Silver, her best world cup placement ever.

Ukraine’s Dariya Sharipova also marked a great average, at today’s final, scoring 103.7 points in the final, to finish in third place with 502.7 points after climbing from the seventh place on the start list. The 21-year old had never won an ISSF medal, before.

The ISSF Rifle & Pistol World Cup in Munich will continue, with the 50m Pistol Men and the 25m Pistol Women Finals up next.

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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.