After winning medals in the individual events Slovakia’s Erik Varga and Zuzana Rehak-Stefececova paired up to win gold in the mixed team trap. The top two teams qualify to the Olympics. The other final today was the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions where the four highest ranked eligible athletes qualify their nation to the Olympics. The World Championships are being held in Changwon, South Korea from August 31st to September 15th 2018.
The men’s 50m rifle 3 positions saw China’s Hui Zicheng and Poland’s Tomasz Bartnik finish with 1182 at the end of the qualification round though by having more inner circle shots Hui finished first overall. The final however went Bartnik’s way as he would go on to win gold over Croatia’s Petar Gorsa. However, since Gorsa has already won an Olympic quota for his nation the other three quotas went to bronze medalist Michael McPhail of the United States, Norway’s Henrik Larsen and China’s Yang Haoran.
In the mixed team trap the Russian team of Ekaterina Rabaya and Alexey Alipov and Slovakia’s Erik Varga and Zuzana Rehak-Stefececova equalled the world record of 146. In the ensuing shoot-off the Russians won 3-2 to win the qualification round. In the final Slovakia would go on to win the gold medal, the silver and second Olympic quota however, went down to the final shot where the Great Britain team of Kirsty Barr and Aaron Heading missed their final shot, allowing Russia to win the silver medal.
While Varga and Rehak-Stefececova both won Olympic quotas in the individual event they are still able to win the athlete quotas in this event because technically the quotas were won by a national team and it does not matter who was part of the team. This means that Slovakia has so far qualified four athletes across the three trap events (2 men and 2 women). Olympic qualification continues tomorrow with quotas in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions and women’s 25m pistol up for grabs.