The first event of the second 2019 Rifle/Pistol World Cup has concluded with medals being awarded in women’s 10m air rifle. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes 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 was topped by India’s Apurvi Chandela whom was looking to win her second World Cup event of the year. She finished with a total of 630.9 points, edging out Russia’s Yulia Karimova whom finished with 630.4 points. As only two eligible athletes reached the finals the two Olympic quotas were won by Iran’s Najmeh Khedmati and Denmark’s Anna Nielsen. In the final, Chandela would fail to repeat her performance in New Dehli, ultimately finishing fourth. The overall competition was fairly tight, but it was Karimova whom took the lead at around the half-way point of the elimination round and was able to win the event with a score of 251.1. South Korea’s Kwon Eun-ji and her compatriot Keum Ji-hyeon finished second and third respectively.
The next opportunity for nations to qualify in women’s 10m air rifle will be the next World Cup event to be held next month in Munich, Germany. The World Cup event continues tomorrow with quotas being awarded in two events.