LEXINGTON, Ky. – What’s better than two Olympians? Three.
University of Kentucky rifle head coach Harry Mullins continues to bring the world’s best gun talent to Lexington, Kentucky as 2020 Tokyo Olympian and Italian gun star Sofia Ceccarello signed a National Letter of Intent for the Wildcats. She will join the squad for the 2022/23 season.
“We are very excited to welcome Sofia to Big Blue Nation,” said Mullins. “She is a very talented person who will do great things on our program. When we were evaluating and recruiting her, we fell in love with her work ethic and desire to perfect her craft. We can’t wait to see her next on the To have campus. ” Year and watch her compete in the UK Rifle Range. “
Ceccarello, who currently holds a world ranking from the ISSF in 10m air rifle women and 11 in 50m rifle three positions women, will come to Lexington with an excellent pedigree after having been successful on the major international stages. In total, she won one gold medal, two silver medals and three bronze medals during the ISSF competition.
At the top of their achievements was the competition in both the 10-meter air rifle and the 50-meter rifle in three positions at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ceccarello took 10th place in the women’s 10m air rifle and 21st place in the women’s 50m rifle, three positions.
Their strong performances at the Olympic Games qualified them for the ISSF President’s Cup 2021 in Wroclaw, Poland. Ceccarello finished fourth in the women’s 10m air rifle, fifth in the women’s 50m rifle with three positions, and ninth on the event’s 10m mixed air rifle team.
The ISSF World Championship in Lima in 2021 was a breakout event for Ceccarello. In addition to winning bronze in the 10 m air rifle mix team, she took fourth place in the 50 m rifle with three positions for women and sixth in the 10 m air rifle for women. She also finished eighth in the women’s 50-meter rifle.
The strong performances continued for Ceccarello at the ISSF World Cup in Osijek. He won bronze in the 10m air rifle women and was eighth in the 50m rifle three positions women, ninth in the 10m air rifle mixed team and sixth in the air rifle team women.
The European Championships have been a successful event for Ceccarello over the years. In 2021 she won gold in the 50m rifle, three positions, women, bronze in the 10m air rifle, women. She also took fifth place in the women’s air rifle team in 2021 and 11th at the 2019 European Championships, she won silver in both the women’s 50-meter rifle and the women’s 50-meter rifle in three positions.
Ceccarello was born in Lugo, Italy and lives in Ravenna, Italy, and competes for Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Oro, a sports division of the Italian police force.
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