A junior finals world record was set today at the 2019 Rifle/Pistol World Cup. Medals were awarded in women’s 10m air pistol and men’s 50m rifle 3 positions. 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.
In the women’s 10m air pistol it was the 2018 World Champion Anna Korakaki of Greece whom won the qualification round with a score of 585, three points ahead of Hungary’s Veronika Major. The final saw South Korea’s Kim Min-jung build a two-point lead during the first stage and was able to extend that lead to over four points to win the competition over Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina with a total of 245.0. Major finished with the bronze medal. The two Olympic quotas were won by fifth and sixth place finishers Nino Salukvadze and Tsolmonbaatar Anudari of Georgia and Mongolia respectively.
The men’s 50m rifle 3 positions saw New Delhi World Cup winner Istvan Peni of Hungary top the field with a score of 1181, four points ahead of Norway’s Simon Claussen and Austria’s Alexander Schmirl. Peni would however, not be able to repeat his World Cup victory, ultimately finishing fourth. Instead it was the Czech Republic’s Filip Nepejchal whom set a new finals junior world record to ultimately win the competition and an Olympic quota. It was not easy for Nepejchal whom shot an 8.0 in his second to last shot which dropped him to second place, but the final shot was a 10.3 which was enough to edge out Russia’s Sergey Kamenskiy. The second Olympic quota was won by bronze medalist Zhao Zhonghao of China.
The next opportunity for nations to qualify in these events will be the next World Cup event to be held next month in Munich, Germany. The World Cup event continues tomorrow with the mixed team events; however, the next Olympic quotas will be awarded on Friday.