More Olympic quotas were awarded today on the second day of finals at the 2019 African Shooting Championships. Overall, the highest two ranked eligible athletes in the men’s 10m air pistol and the highest ranked eligible athlete in the women’s 25m pistol and the men’s and women’s trap qualified an Olympic quota for their nation. 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 of the women’s 25m pistol was won Tunisia’s Olfa Charni whom set a score of 565, six more than her compatriot Ines Kalai. While Charni would hold at least a shared lead for the entire final round, she was never a safe distance ahead until the concluding sequence where she won gold and the Olympic quota with an African finals record of 24. The silver medal went to Kalai while the bronze medal was won by Senegal’s Sokhna Niang.
The men’s 10m air pistol saw Egypt’s Samy Abdel Razek and Tunisia’s Ala Alothmani finish level on points during the qualification round where they shot 574 each. Alothmani was the first overall seed due to having made more inner 10s shots. The final was initially led by Algeria’s Amine Adjabi, but a 7.8 during the elimination round ultimately cost him the lead where he finished 5th. The final two shots were between Abdel Razek and Alothmani where the former held a 0.1 lead. However, two better shots allowed Alothmani to defend his gold medal with a score of 232.4. Abdel Razek finished with the silver medal with a score of 231.4. Both athletes won quotas for their nations. The bronze medal was won by Egypt’s Hafez Ibrahim.
2019 African Games champion, Maggy Ashmawy of Egypt was the best performing athlete in the qualification round of the women’s trap where she hit 109/125 targets. This was four more than her compatriot Suzan Gaber. Ashmawy would have the same performance during the final where she held the lead during the entire round, winning gold and the Olympic quota by hitting 37/50 targets. The silver and bronze medals were won by Gaber and Morocco’s Yasmina Mesfioui respectively.
The qualification round of the men’s trap was won by 2017 African Championship silver medalist Abdel Aziz Mehelba of Egypt whom performed on another level relative to the competition as he hit 123/125 targets, six more than his compatriot Ahmed Kamar. However, the final was a much closer affair where at the half way point South Africa’s Neels Bornman led all athletes while three others were one shot behind. A very consistent Mehelba allowed him to take the overall lead where he won gold and the Olympic quota, hitting 44/50 targets. The silver medal was won by Kamar while the bronze medal was won by Morocco’s Younes Haj Ali.
By winning quotas in both the men’s and women’s trap, Egypt will be eligible to compete in the mixed team trap event. All selected athletes must achieve the MQS in an eligible event order to compete at the Olympics. The African Shooting Championships continues tomorrow, but the next quotas will be awarded on Friday.
Women’s 25m Pistol