Medals for four individual shooting events were given out today, the third day of the 2019 European Games. In terms of Olympic qualification, the highest ranked eligible athlete from each individual event qualifies their nation. Shooting at the 2019 European Games is currently being held in Minsk, Belarus from June 22nd to June 28th 2019.
The qualification round of the men’s 10m air pistol was topped by 2018 World Championship silver medalist Artem Chernousov of Russia whom finished with a score of 585, two ahead of Slovakia’s Juraj Tuzinsky and Serbia’s Damir Mikec. In the final it was Tuzinsky that held the initial lead at the elimination stage, but was eventually caught and surpassed by Chernousov and eventually finished fourth. Chernousov would hold onto the lead to win the gold medal by 1.8 points with a total of 241.4. The Olympic quota was won by silver medalist Oleh Omelchuk of Ukraine while Lativa’s Lauris Strautmanis won the bronze medal.
There was a three-way tie for first after the qualification round in the women’s 10m air pistol between the 2019 European champion Klaudia Beres of Poland, the 2018 World Championship silver medalist Zorana Arunovic of Serbia and Austria’s Sylvia Steiner whom all finished with 578 points. The final saw lead changes generally between Arunovic and Greece’s Anna Korakaki during the elimination round, but it was Arunovic that would make a few excellent shots at the end to win the gold medal over Korakaki with a score of 241.2 points. The bronze medal was won by Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Boneva while the Olympic quota was won by Beres whom finished sixth overall.
In women’s trap, it was the defending European Games champion Fatima Galvez whom won the qualification round, hitting 114 targets, one more than 2018 World Championship bronze medalist Silvana Stanco of Italy. In the final, a 33-hit streak by Stanco was instrumental to winning gold as she hit 46 out of the 50 targets, two more than her compatriot Jessica Rossi. The Olympic quota was won by Galvez whom finished with the bronze medal. By winning the quota Spain is now eligible to compete in the mixed team event.
The qualification round of the men’s trap was won by Jiri Liptak of the Czech Republic whom hit 123 out of the 125 targets. This was three more than Italy’s Valerio Grazini. The final was led by David Kostelecky of the Czech Republic whom had a perfect start, where he missed his first shot during the sixth set. Italy. Grazini was able to catch him at the later stage, but Kostelecky was able to hold on to win gold and the Olympic quota with a score of 44. The bronze medal was won by Great Britain’s Aaron Heading.
Shooting at the 2019 European Games continues tomorrow with quotas being given out in the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle events. The next opportunity for athletes to qualify in these events will be at the respective World Cup events to be held in August.
Men’s 10m Air Pistol
Women’s 10m Air Pistol
* Czech Republic