Venezuela’s Zanotti Takes High International At Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals

by Editor 27. February 2013 07:40
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – With 19 shooters representing three nations and one U.S. territory all competing for the title of High International, it was Venezuela’s Luis Ricardo Zanotti who came out on top this past weekend at the 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.

Zanotti, who competed as a Master in the Stock Service Pistol division, led a Venezuelan sweep of the top three spots with a final time of 203.97 and 76 points down. Second place went to the 2012 defending champ Juan Carlos Gonzalez Valdez who competed as a Master in the Enhanced Service Pistol division and finished with 205.52 (31), capturing for Venezuela the coveted title of Most Accurate. Third place went to Carlos Henao, an SSP Sharpshooter, with 288.60 (122).

Rounding out the top five were Mexico’s Fausto Gerard, an SSP Sharpshooter, with 304.19 (121) and Italy’s Federico Iannelli who is an SSP Master and finished with 305.54 (97).

“While we see tremendous growth in IDPA here in the U.S., our membership internationally continues to expand as well. We are so pleased to have a regular presence of international competitors at our major matches and I want to congratulate Luis and Juan Carlos for leading Team Venezuela to victory at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

The 2013 Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship took place February 21-23 at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters from 28 states, one U.S. territory and three foreign nations.

For more information on IDPA, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship or to find a club near you, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Gonzalez Wins IDPA’s International Title For Team Venezuela

by Editor 26. September 2012 02:45
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OXFORD, N.C. – Following up on his title win earlier this year at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Venezuela won the International Championship title last weekend at the 2012 IDPA National Championships.

Facing off against a very strong field of competitors from Venezuela, as well as Austria, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Romania and the United Kingdom, Gonzalez took top International shooter honors with a strong performance in the Enhanced Service Pistol division where he finished with a time of 305.22 and 72 points down.

“Juan Carlos has made the Venezuelan shooting community proud winning the International title in both IDPA national matches,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director for IDPA. “With more than 50 countries participating in IDPA, the race for the International title continues to grow in importance, giving Juan Carlos and the rest of our friends in Venezuela a whole lot more competition in the future.”

Second place in the International title race went to fellow Venezuelan Vrikson Acosta who finished with 316.21 (137), while third place went to Costa Rica’s Rodrigo Carvajal with 318.11 (119) and fourth went to Nelso Lopez Iglesias of Venezuela who posted a final time of 332.01 (95) in the Stock Service Pistol division.

Ricardo Zanotti of Venezuela rounded out the top five with 333.73 (153). Alberto Soto of Costa Rica took top International honors in the Custom Service Pistol division with 334.65 (112) and Venezuela’s Juan Cheng did the same in Stock Service Revolver with 420.05 (206).

The 2012 IDPA National Championships took place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol shooters.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also connect with IDPA online by following @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check for regular updates on the DOWN ZERO Blog

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