ISSF Shooters of the Year award to Rossi (ITA) and Junghaenel (GER)
Munich, 10/01/2013 - Jessica Rossi (ITA) and Henri Junghaenel (GER) won the 2013 ISSF Shooter of the Year award.
The two athletes were elected as the two best shooters of the 2013 season by the members of the ISSF Athletes Committee and of the ISSF Coaches Advisory Committee and by a panel of international sport journalists.
The 2012 Trap Women Olympic Champion of Italy Jessica Rossi ended up atop of the female athletes' rank with 55 points, finishing two points ahead of the Serbian Pistol shooter Zorana Arunovic (in second with 53 points) and three points ahead of the Chinese Rifle shooter Wu Liuxi (in third with 52 points). Rossi had already won the Shooter of the Year award in 2009, at the age of 17.
After pocketing the 2012 Olympic Gold medal with a record score of 99 hits, Rossi did not rest and started working on the new trap format, introduced at the beginning of 2013. The 23-year old Italian shooter from Crevalcore (Bologna), participated in the 2013 ISSF World Cup Series, securing a Silver medal in Acapulco (MEX) and a Bronze in Al Ain (UAE). During the season, she finished in the spotlights again by winning the Mediterranean Games and the European Championship, just one month before being crowned World Champion at the 2013 ISSF Shotgun World Championship in Lima, Peru.
The 25-year old Rifle shooter Henri Junghaenel, from Germany, secured the 2013 ISSF Shooter of the Year title with almost 20 points of advantage on his followers. The athlete from Breuberg, who's currently studying mechanical engineering at the Kentucky University in USA, beat China's 17-year old rifle prodigy Yang Haoran (second with 64 points) and the 3-time Pistol Olympic Champion Jin Jongoh of Korea (third with 63 points).
Junghaenel rocked, during the 2013 season. The German shooter finished on the podium of the European Championship in Osijek, by winning the 50m Rifle Prone Silver medal with 208.6 points in the final. But the best results came while competing in the 2013 ISSF World Cup Series. There, Junghaenel secured two Gold medals at the ISSF World Cup Stage in Changwon, winning both the 50m Rifle 3 Positions and the 50m Rifle Prone events at his first participation with the new rules. During the season, the sharpshooter finished again on the podium at the ISSF World Cup Stage in Granada, where he pocketed the 50m Rifle Prone Men Bronze medal, and clinched the best possible finish at the 2013 ISSF World Cup Final in Munich by winning the 50m Rifle Prone Men title with 211.2 points in the final.
The two Shooters of the Year will be officially awarded during the 2014 ISSF Shooting World Cup Series.
Find the top-10 Shooter of the Year ranking at: http://www.issf-sports.org/news.ashx?newsid=1994
Press photos of the 2013 ISSF season can be downloaded at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/97060237@N02/
Marco DALLA DEA
ISSF Communication Manager