By Yuri Karpenko
In Polish Wroclaw, the 43 year old Belarusian has retained his 2010 World Cup championship title, proving himself to be the world’s #1 rifle prone shooter. After earning 599 points in the qualification round, he scored 103.8 points throughout the final (giving an overall score of 702.8 points), claiming gold. Sergey was one point ahead of the USA’s Eric Uptagraft who took silver. Bronze was awarded to Poland’s Sebastian Rabalski.
According to the official website of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), Sergey Martynov is currently the world’s top marksman, having won the World Championship events in 2010 and 2009. He’s become Belarus’ first sportsman to qualify for the Olympic Games in London. He also won the 2010 World Cup finals and, in 2011, took gold at the ISSF World Cup in Munich and silver at the ISSF World Cup in Sydney.
Sergey Martynov is seeded first worldwide and is a major favourite for the London Olympics. The outstanding athlete is yet to win an Olympic gold medal, although he already boasts two bronze medals (from the 2000 and 2004 Olympics).
He also has 11 medals from World Cup finals (5 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze), in addition to two World Championship golds and 29 medals from World Cup rounds (15 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze).