Guy Starik (born May 3, 1965) is an Israeli sport shooter who has competed in four Olympics.[3] He has won gold medals in shooting at both the European Championships and at four World Cups, and shares the world record in the 50 meter rifle prone competition.[4]

Biography

Starik is Jewish, and was born in Jerusalem, Israel.[3][5]

Shooting career

In his early years of competition, Starik did not have an experienced coach, and taught himself by speaking to coaches and marksmen from overseas, by reading books, and by taking courses outside of Israel.[4] He started shooting in 1978, and started to compete in shooting in 1982.[1] He practices at the National Olympic Ranges in Herzliya.[6]

He competed on behalf of Israel at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States, in the Men's 50 metre rifle three positions, in which he came in 13th, and in the Men's 50 metre rifle prone, in which he came in 26th.[3]

In 1998, Starik finished fourth at the 1998 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.[1][7]

He competed on behalf of Israel at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, despite a bout of meningitis, in the Men's 50 metre rifle three positions, in which he came in 32nd, and in the Men's 50 metre rifle prone, in which he came in 25th.[3][4]

In 2003, Starik won a gold medal at the World Cup Marksman Championship in Munich, Germany, in the Men's 50 metre rifle three positions.[8] His total of 702.5 points was a new Israeli record.[8] The following year, he was ranked second in the world in his event by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).[9]

He competed on behalf of Israel at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, in the Men's 50 metre rifle prone, in which he came in 16th.[3]

In 2005, Starik won the gold medal in the Men's 50 metre rifle prone at the European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro.[10] In 2006, he won a bronze medal at the ISSF World Cup Final in Granada, Spain.[11]

In May 2008, he tied the world record and set a new Israeli record in the 50-meter rifle prone competition, with a perfect 600 score at the 2008 ISSF Rifle & Pistol World Cup in Munich, Germany.[12][13]

Starik competed on behalf of Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, in the Men's 50 metre rifle prone, in which he came in 12th.[3]

In May 2009, he won the Men's 50 metre rifle prone event at the 2009 ISSF World Cup in Munich, Germany, ahead of 2004 Olympic champion Matthew Emmons.[14] It was his fourth world cup gold medal; he had previously won World Cups in 1997 in Milan, in 2003 in Munich, and in 2004 in Athens.[1]

In 2010, Starik finished fifth at the 2010 World Championships in Munich with a 598, and won a silver medal at the 2010 ISSF World Cup in Belgrade with a 597.[1][15]

Current world record in 50 m rifle prone

Current world records held in 50 m Rifle Prone
Men Qualification 600  Viatcheslav Botchkarev (URS)
 Stevan Pletikosić (YUG)
 Jean-Pierre Amat (FRA)
 Christian Klees (GER)
 Sergei Martynov (BLR)
 Thomas Tamas (USA)
 Sergei Martynov (BLR)
 Sergei Martynov (BLR)
 Petr Litvinchuk (BLR)
 Wolfram Waibel Jr. (AUT)
 Wolfram Waibel Jr. (AUT)
 Christian Lusch (GER)
 Eric Uptagrafft (USA)
 Valérian Sauveplane (FRA)
 Sergei Martynov (BLR)
 Sergei Martynov (BLR)
 Matthew Emmons (USA)
 Guy Starik (ISR)
 Sergei Martynov (BLR)
July 13, 1989
August 29, 1991
April 27, 1994
July 25, 1996
May 23, 1997
July 28, 1998
September 4, 1998
June 8, 2000
June 11, 2003
July 18, 2003
March 3, 2004
October 27, 2004
May 11, 2005
May 11, 2005
August 26, 2005
March 29, 2006
May 9, 2007
May 18, 2008
August 3, 2012
Zagreb (YUG)
Munich (GER)
Havana (CUB)
Atlanta (USA)
Munich (GER)
Barcelona (ESP)
Buenos Aires (ARG)
Munich (GER)
Munich (GER)
Plzeň (CZE)
Sydney (AUS)
Bangkok (THA)
Fort Benning (USA)
Fort Benning (USA)
Munich (GER)
Guangzhou (CHN)
Bangkok (THA)
Munich (GER)
London (ENG)
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Coaching career

Starik also coaches Israeli Olympic sport shooters Doron Egozi and Gil Simkovitch, and 2012 Olympian Sergei Richter.[4][16]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "ISSF – International Shooting Sport Federation". issf-sports.org. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Frankie Sachs (July 30, 2004). "Rifleman". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Guy Starik Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d Talshir, Uri (October 21, 2011). "Shooting / European Championships / Still aiming for gold at 46". Haaretz. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jews in the Olympics: 63 Athletes, 7 Countries". Jewishinstlouis.org. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ Jenny Hazan (February 10, 2006). "Home on the (firing) range". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "No. 45 Guy Starik". The Jerusalem Post. March 20, 2008. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Israeli Marksman Takes Gold". Arutz Sheva. June 20, 2003. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ Frankie Sachs (August 13, 2004). "Rifleman may have Israel's best shot at hitting Olympic gold". Jweekly. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ Brian Pettner (July 8, 2005). "Guy Starik shoots way to Euro gold". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Guy Starik wins medal in Spain". The Jerusalem Post. 
  12. ^ "Israel at the Olympics". The Israel Project. 2009. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Sports Shorts". Haaretz. May 19, 2008. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  14. ^ Marco Dalla Dea (May 18, 2009). "ISSF – 50m Rifle Prone M – Starik lifted Israel atop the medal standings". Issf-sports.org. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Result 50m Rifle Prone Men". issf-sports.org. 
  16. ^ Dicker, Shira (July 10, 2008). "2008 Olympics: Doron Egozi, Gil Simkovitch and Guy Starik". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 13, 2011.