Charni successfully defended her 10m air pistol title by winning gold at the 2019 African Shooting Championships. The two highest ranked eligible athletes in the women’s 10m air pistol also qualified their nation to the Olympics. In addition, all athletes whom qualify a quota for their nation must reach the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) during the competition. The African Shooting Championships is currently being held in Tipasa, Algeria from November 17th to November 25th 2019.
The qualification round was topped by Algeria’s Halla Medjiah whom attain a score of 568 points. This was four more than Tunisia’s Haifa Bouhrizi. Unfortunately for Medjiah, a couple of relatively poor shots during the beginning of the final round ultimately cost her a chance at a medal as she went on to finish eighth. Instead, it was the defending champion Olfa Charni of Tunisia whom had a great start and managed to set a new African finals record and win her second individual gold medal by scoring 236.6 points. As Charni already qualified through the 25m pistol, the two Olympic quotas were won by the silver and bronze medalists, specifically, Egypt’s Radwa Abdel Latif and her compatriot Meskat Aly respectively.
By winning a quota, Egypt will be eligible to compete in the mixed team 10m air pistol event. All selected athletes must achieve the MQS in an eligible event order to compete at the Olympics. The African Shooting Championships continues tomorrow with Olympic quotas being awarded in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol.