Shooting: Initial Individual Quotas Have Been Awarded at the World Championships

The second day of finals at the 2018 ISSF World Championships saw finals and Olympic quotas given out in the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle and the men’s trap. In each event the four highest ranked eligible athletes qualify their nation to the Olympics. The World Championships are being held in Changwon, South Korea from August 31st to September 15th 2018.

The qualification round of the men’s 10m air rifle was won by Russia’s Sergey Kamenskiy whom was the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions. The final came down to the final shot as Kamenskiy and Croatia’s Peter Gorsa were tied. A 10.6 from Kamenskiy verses Gorsa’s 9.7 gave him the gold medal. The other two Olympic quotas were won by Croatia’s Miran Marcic and China’s Hui Zicheng.

In the women’s 10m air rifle the event was topped by 18 year old Im Ha-na of South Korea. In the qualification round she topped the field, eking out her compatriot Jung Eun-hea by 0.2 points. In the final she won by a larger margin, 2.7 points over India’s Anjum Moudgil. The other two Olympic quotas were won by Jung and India’s Apurvi Chandela.

The qualification round of the men’s trap was won by 2008 Olympic champion Walton Eller of the United States whom won a shoot-out over Slovakia’s Erik Varga. A second, much larger shoot-out was also needed to decide the 3rd-8th placing. In the end Alberto Fernandez of Spain won out 43-42 over Italy’s Mauro Di Filippis. The marathon shoot-out may have helped Fernandez as he would go on to win gold in the final and equal the final world record of 48. The silver and bronze medals went to Varga and Kuwait’s Abdulrahman Al Faihan. The fourth and final Olympic quota was won by Australia’s James Willett.

By winning two quotas Croatia won’t be eligible to win any more quotas in the men’s 10m air rifle while India and South Korea won’t be eligible to win more quotas in women’s 10m air rifle. Likewise, if an athlete has already won a quota for their nation they won’t be eligible to win anymore athlete quotas in a different event.

Qualified Nations

Men’s 10m Air Rifle
* China
* Croatia
* Croatia
* Russia

Women’s 10m Air Rifle
* India
* India
* South Korea
* South Korea

Men’s Trap
* Australia
* Kuwait
* Slovakia
* Spain

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