The first day of events at the 2019 Asian Shooting Championships saw medals being awarded in the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle and the women’s 10m air pistol. In terms of Olympic qualification, the three highest ranked eligible athletes qualified their nation to the games. The Asian Shooting Championships is currently being held in Doha, Qatar from November 3rd to November 13th 2019.
The qualification round of the men’s 10m air rifle was topped by defending bronze medalist Liu Yukun of China whom scored 629.0, just 0.1 points ahead of South Korea’s Nam Tae-yun. Liu would take the lead during the elimination stage of the final and held on to it win gold with a score of 250.5, finishing ahead of his compatriot Yu Haonan. The bronze medal and first Olympic quota was won by India’s Deepak Kumar. The other two Olympic quotas were won by Chinese Taipei’s Lu Shao-chuan and Japan’s Masaya Endoh. As a reminder, should Japan qualify normally the host quota will be reallocated to the highest ranked non-qualified nation at the end of the qualification period. By qualifying here both India and Chinese Taipei are now eligible to compete in the mixed team 10m air rifle event.
2018 World Championship bronze medalist Jung Eun-hea won the qualification round of the women’s 10m air rifle where she finished with a score of 632.2. Chinese Taipei’s Lin Ying-shin finished second with 631.9 points. Due to the high level of this event, the only eligible athlete to reach the final was Singapore’s Tessa Yeo. The other two quotas were won by Mongolia’s Oyunbat Yesugen and Indonesia’s Vidya Toyyiba. The final was a close affair though it was China’s Yang Qian whom held the lion’s share of the lead as she would go on to win the gold medal with 251.6, just edging out Yeo by 0.2 points. Jung earned the bronze medal.
A new Asian qualification record was set in the women’s 10m air pistol as India’s Manu Bhaker finished with a total of 584, just edging out China’s Wang Qian by a single point. As in the women’s air rifle, only one eligible athlete reached the final, Iran’s Hanieh Rostamian. The other two quotas were won by North Korea’s Jo Yong-suk and Japan’s Satoko Yamada. The final saw the lead change hands multiple times as South Korea’s Kim Min-jung initially held it going into the elimination stage, but was overtaken by Wang who herself was eventually overtaken by Bhaker as she went on to win the gold medal with a score of 244.3, 1.5 points ahead of Wang. The bronze medal was won by China’s Jiang Ranxin.
All selected athletes must achieve the MQS in an eligible event order to compete at the Olympics. The Asian Shooting Championships continues tomorrow with medals and Olympic quotas being awarded in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and the men’s and women’s trap.