The first day of finals at the 2019 African Shooting Championships saw medals and Olympic quotas being awarded in the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle. The highest ranked eligible athlete in each event gains a quota for their nation to the games. In addition, all athletes whom qualify a quota for their nation must reach the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) during the competition. The African Shooting Championships is currently being held in Tipasa, Algeria from November 17th to November 25th 2019.
The qualification round of the men’s 10m air rifle was won by Egypt’s Mohamed Hamdy Abdelkader whom finished with a total of 623.8. This was higher than his compatriot Youssef Makkar’s score of 620.6. The final however, belonged to Makkar as a very high-level consistent performance not only allowed him to win gold and the Olympic quota, but to also set a new finals world record of 251.4. The silver medal was won by Hamdy Abdelkader while the bronze medal went to Tunisia’s Seifeddine Khemiri.
Algeria’s Houda Chaabi was the best performing athlete during the qualification round of the women’s 10m air rifle, finishing with a score of 621.3, just edging out Egypt’s Hadir Mekhimar by 0.2 points. The final saw Egypt’s Shimaa Hashad take the lead at the beginning of the elimination stage and was able to hold it to win the gold medal and the Olympic quota with a score of 248.1. Her compatriot, Alzahraa Shaban won the silver medal while Chaabi won the bronze.
By winning a quota in both genders, Egypt is now eligible to compete in the mixed team 10m air rifle event. All selected athletes must achieve the MQS in an eligible event order to compete at the Olympics. The African Shooting Championships continues tomorrow with quotas being awarded in the men’s and women’s trap, men’s 10m air pistol and women’s 25m pistol.
Men’s 10m Air Rifle
Women’s 10m Air Rifle