By Craig Bohnert | Oct. 08, 2016, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Ginny Thrasher competes in the women's air rifle final at the TSN Shooting Range at the ISSF World Cup Final for Rifle/Pistol on Oct. 8, 2016 in Bologna, Italy.


Ginny Thrasher’s memorable year continued Saturday with a bronze medal in women’s air rifle at the ISSF World Cup Final for Rifle/Pistol in Bologna, Italy.

Thrasher earned a spot on the podium with a score of 185.5, capping an amazing season that included NCAA championships in both air rifle and three-position as well as air rifle gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, her first international podium finish. The victory in Rio, where she won the first gold presented at the Games, propelled her to the world No. 1 ranking. What makes her accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that she began shooting competitively just four years ago.

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Serbia’s Andrea Arsovic, ranked No. 10 in the world, won gold with a score of 209.0, while No. 3-ranked Yi Siling of China claimed the silver with a 208.7.

Thrasher gives the United States its third medal of the meet after Michael McPhail earned gold and Matt Emmons won bronze in Thursday’s men’s prone rifle competition. The meet concludes Sunday, when Emmons will return to the firing line for the men’s three-position rifle and Sarah Beard will compete in her first World Cup Final in women’s three-position.