Medals were awarded today in the men’s 10m air rifle and men’s 25m rapid fire pistol. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes in the men’s 10m air rifle and the three highest ranked eligible athletes in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Rifle/Pistol World Cup event is currently being held in Beijing, China from April 21st to April 29th 2019.
The qualification round of the men’s 10m air rifle was topped by 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and three-time European champion Vladimir Maslennikov of Russia whom finished with a score of 632.7, three points ahead of Hungary’s Peter Sidi. The final was won by China’s Hui Zicheng whom led all shooters after the first stage and despite a below average final few shots was able to hold on to the victory by 0.4 points, finishing with a total of 249.4. The two Olympic quotas were won by the silver and bronze medalists India’s Divyanish Panwar and Russia’s Grigory Shamakov respectively. With India’s qualification the nation is now eligible to compete in the mixed team event.
The men’s 25m rapid fire pistol saw Germany’s Oliver Geis win the qualification round with a score of 589, two more than a trio of athletes which included the 2018 World Champion Lin Junmin of China. The three Olympic quotas were decided here as only three eligible athletes reached the final. Geis, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Petriv and the United States’ Henry Leverett all qualified a quota. The final was initially a close affair between Geis, Lin and France’s Jean Quiquampoix, but a steady hand allowed Lin to be the most consistent athlete allowing him to win the gold. The silver and bronze medals were won by Geis and Quiquampoix respectively.
The next opportunity for nations to qualify in these events will be the next World Cup event to be held next month in Munich, Germany. The World Cup event continues tomorrow with the men’s 10m air pistol.