USA Shooting rifle athletes brought home some serious hardware after two big matches in Europe last month.
Alison Weisz earned gold and bronze medals at the Meyton Cup in Innsbruck, Austria, on January 24, while Sagen Maddalena won gold at the H&N Cup in Munich, Germany, on January 27. Both ladies earned their medals in Women’s 10m Air Rifle events.
At the 2023 Meyton Cup, Weisz won her gold medal with a 262.9 ranking match score, triumphing against Anjum Oudgil of India in the medal match, 17.0-11.0.
After walking away from qualification at the H&N Cup as the top seed in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event with a score of 264.4, Maddalena defeated Czech shooter Lucie Brazdova in the gold medal match, 16.0-8.0.
The back-to-back European competitions were hosted in locations popular for air guns and shooting sports. The Meyton Cup was a Tyrolean Shooting Federation event, while the H&N Cup was conducted by the Bavarian Sport Shooting Federation.
Weisz and Maddalena—both of whom are soldiers serving with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit—saw great success during their respective 2022 seasons.
Weisz, of Belgrade, Mont., landed a gold medal at the 2022 ISSF World Championships and a U.S. Olympic quota in Women’s 10m Air Rifle.
As for Maddalena, she earned two medals at the 2022 ISSF World Championships, plus five medals at the 2022 Championship of the Americas. The Groveland, Calif., native is also the defending champion for USA Shooting’s 50m Smallbore and 10m Air Rifle national titles.
Both Weisz and Maddalena were invited to the 2022 International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) President’s Cup due to their top 12 world rankings. Each athlete earned a bronze medal in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event.
The next competition the rifle team will tackle is the ISSF World Cup in Cairo, Egypt, which is scheduled for February 17-24. Additionally, members of the USA Shooting pistol team will be competing at the match in Egypt.
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