Shooting: Karimova and Kostevych Win Gold at the World Championships

Today’s events were capped off with a dramatic shoot-off at the 2018 ISSF World Championships. Four quotas were available to the highest ranked eligible athletes in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions and women’s 25m pistol. The World Championships are being held in Changwon, South Korea from August 31st to September 15th 2018.

The women’s 50m rifle 3 positions saw Germany’s Isabelle Straub win the qualification round with a perfect prone position and a total of 1176 points, equalling Austria’s Franziska Peer, but edging her in more inner circle shots 65-61. In the final it was Russia’s Yulia Karimova whom took the lead at the beginning of the elimination stage and never relinquished it, winning over Straub with a total of 461.1. The other two remaining quotas went to bronze medalist Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia and Great Britain’s Seonaid McIntosh.

In the women’s 25m pistol it was Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina whom led all shooters in the qualification round with a score of 588, one more than Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych. The final came down to these two athletes as both finished level at 37 points. The shoot-off decided nothing as both were tied at 4 points each. The same score happened in the second shoot-off. It wasn’t until the third where Kostevych was able edge Batsarashkina 3-2 and win the gold medal. The other two Olympic quotas went to bronze medalists Doreen Vennekamp of Germany and Chinese Taipei’s Tien Chia Chen.

While Batsarashkina was a member of the 10m air pistol mixed team that won a quota earlier she is still eligible to win an individual quota. With two more athlete quotas won today Russia now holds the overall lead in quotas in this competition at 10 with China not too far behind with 8. Tomorrow will be the finals for running target events which are not Olympic events. The next Olympic event final will be on Monday.

Qualified Nations

Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
* Croatia
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Russia

Women’s 25m Pistol
* Chinese Taipei
* Germany
* Russia
* Ukraine

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