Shooting: Italy Wins Men’s and Women’s Skeet Gold at European Championships

Italy’s Cainero and Rossetti won gold today in the women’s and men’s skeet at the 2021 European Shooting Championships. The event also doubled as the final Olympic qualification event where the two highest ranked eligible athletes qualified their nation to the games. The European Shooting Championships are currently being held in Osijek, Croatia from May 20th to June 6th 2021.

The qualification round of the women’s skeet was won by Italy’s Chiara Cainero whom hit 122/125 targets, finishing two hits ahead of Russia’s Zilia Batyrshina and Great Britain’s Amber Hill. The final was initially led by Hill, but a poor fourth round of shooting where she only hit 4/10 targets allowed Cainero and Batyrshina to take a joint lead. During the final twenty shots, Cainero was more accurate as she went on to win gold. The Olympic quotas were awarded to the silver and bronze medalist Batyrshina and Hill respectively.

As Hill won a quota here and the European Championships holds a higher priority, the quota she originally obtained from the World Rankings has been reallocated to the next highest ranked eligible athlete, Kazakhstan’s Zoya Kravchenko.

Cyprus’ Georgios Achilleos and Italy’s Gabriele Rossetti finished the qualification round of the men’s skeet hitting 123/125 targets. Achilleos won the ensuing shoot-off 2-1 to obtain the top seed. Rossetti would take the lead during the final and while his competitors kept close, he never relinquished the lead on route to winning gold. Achilleos won silver and the Olympic quota while the second quota was won by bronze medalist Eetu Kallioinen of Finland.

This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify in the skeet events outside of the tripartite invitations and quota reallocations. The next event to have Olympic quotas to be decided will be the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions set to conclude on Saturday.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Skeet
* Cyprus
* Finland

Women’s Skeet
* Great Britain
* Russia

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