Coman and Peni won gold in their respective air rifle events at the 2020 European 10m Shooting Championships. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes in the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle qualified their nation to the games. The European 10m Shooting Championships is currently being held in Wroclow, Poland from February 23rd to March 2nd 2020.
A new European qualification record was set during the women’s 10m air rifle as Norway’s Jenny Stene shot a score of 632.3, this was 1.4 more points than Russia’s Anastasiia Galashina. The final was however not kind to Stene as she was the first to be eliminated. The initial rounds saw a lot of jostling for position before Romania’s Laura-Georgeta Coman took a one point lead in the penultimate round. Despite the best effort by Galashina she was unable to make up the gap as Coman would win the event by 0.1 points. The bronze medal was won by Serbia’s Andrea Arsovic. As Coman has already previously qualified, the Olympic quotas were won by Galashina and Arsovic. Additionally, Russia is now eligible to compete with a second team in the mixed team event.
The men’s 10m air rifle saw the qualification round topped by Hungary’s Peter Sidi. As only two eligible athletes qualified to the final, both Sidi and Turkey’s Omer Akgun qualified their nation the Olympics. Additionally, Hungary is now eligible to compete in the mixed team 10m air rifle event. The final was a close affair with Israel’s Sergey Richter and Hungary’s Istvan Peni holding the lead at some point at the end of a round while Oleh Tsarkov of Ukraine followed close behind. In the end it was Peni which secured the gold with two very accurate final shots to finish ahead of Tsarkov. Richter finished with the bronze medal.
The next opportunity for unqualified nations to obtain a quota in these events will be at the European Olympic Qualifying Tournament set to be held in May.