The final day of medals for the second 2019 Rifle/Pistol World Cup were awarded today with quotas being awarded in the women’s 25m pistol and women’s 50m rifle 3 positions. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes in each event 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 women’s 25m pistol was topped by the 2016 Olympic silver medalist Monika Karsch of Germany whom finished just one point away from the world record with a total score of 593, five points ahead of her compatriot Doreen Vennekamp and Tien Chia Chen of Chinese Taipei. The final was a close affair with shooters often being eliminated by one point. In the end it was two-time Olympic champion Maria Grozdeva of Bulgaria whom prevailed and won the competition and Olympic quota. The silver and bronze medals were won by Hungary’s Veronika Major and Greece’s Anna Korakaki. The second Olympic quota was won by Karsch whom finished in fourth place.
The women’s 50m rifle 3 positions saw South Korea’s Bae Sang-hee topped the field during the qualification round, finishing one point ahead of Croatia’s Snjezana Pejcic with a total of 1178. Pejcic would however, get the better of Bae during the final as a great prone and standing stages gave her a five-point lead at one point which she used to win the competition. Bae would win the Olympic quota along with the bronze medalist Jeanette Duestad of Norway.
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. Overall 14 nations won quotas at this World Cup with Germany, India and Mongolia winning two quotas each.