McIntosh and Deswal won gold today in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions and women’s 10m air pistol events respectively at the 2019 Rifle/Pistol World Cup. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes qualified their nation to the games. The Rifle/Pistol World Cup is currently being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 26th to September 3rd 2019.
The qualification round of the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions was won by China’s Pei Ruijiao whom finished with a score of 1178, three more points than South Korea’s Kim Je-hee and Great Britain’s Seonaid McIntosh. The final saw McIntosh take the lead after the kneeling portion, but lost it to Kim during the prone portion. However, a good performance during the standing and elimination portions allowed McIntosh to win gold with a total score of 461.2 points while Kim won the Olympic quota and finished second with a score of 458.4. The second Olympic quota was won by Pei whom finished third.
In the women’s 10m air pistol, the qualification round was won by India’s Yashaswini Deswal whom finished with a total score of 582. This was four points higher than China’s Wang Qian and Iran’s Golnoush Sebghatollahi. Deswal would also hold the lead going into the elimination stage of the final and held it after each round to win gold and an Olympic quota with a total of 236.7 points. This was 1.9 points ahead of Olena Kostevyvh of Ukraine. The bronze medal and second Olympic quota was won by Jasmina Milovanovic of Serbia. By winning a quota, India is now eligible to compete with a second team in the mixed team event.
This was the final World Cup event for these events. Athletes can still qualify via their respective continental qualifiers or through the world rankings. The event continues tomorrow with Olympic quotas being awarded in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol.