Shooting: China and Russia Win the First Quotas At the World Championships

The first day of finals at the 2018 ISSF World Championships saw China and Russia sweep the Olympic quotas of the day. The events offering quotas were the mixed team 10m air rifle and mixed team 10m air pistol events, both of which will be making their Olympic debut in 2020. The top two eligible nations will qualify athlete quotas to the event. The World Championships are being held in Changwon, South Korea from August 31st to September 15th 2018.

The qualification round of the mixed team 10m air rifle was led by China’s Zhao Ruozhu and Yang Haoran whom finished 2.7 points ahead of Romania’s Laura-George Coman and Alin Moldoveanu. The final was led by another Chinese pair: Wu Mingyang and Song Buhan until the final set where Zhao and Yang did just enough to win gold by 0.3 points for a total of 500.9. The second Olympic quota went to bronze medalists Anastasiia Galashina and Vladimir Maslennikov of Russia.

In the mixed team 10m air pistol, it was Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych and Oleh Omelchuk whom topped the qualification round. However, in the final it was Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov whom won the gold medal with a world record performance of 488.1. The silver medal and second Olympic quota went to China’s Wang Qian and Wang Meng Yi while the bronze medal went to Kostevych and Omelchuk.

This is the only opportunity for nations to directly qualify to the mixed team rifle and pistol events. Other nations will be eligible to compete provided that they qualified at least one male and one female in the individual 10m air rifle/pistol events. Also the quotas here are considered to have been won by the nation so the athletes are still eligible to win an athlete quota through an individual event.

Qualified Nations

Mixed Team 10m Air Rifle
* China
* Russia

Mixed Team 10m Air Pistol
* China
* Russia

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