Medals were awarded today in three events 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 in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions was won by Zhang Changhong of China whom finished with a total score of 1181, one more point than India’s Sanjeev Rajput. The final saw the lead change hands multiple times with Rajput holding the lead going into the final shot, but a relatively poor shot cost him the title as Croatia’s Petar Gorsa won the event by 0.2 points and a total of 462.2. Rajput still won an Olympic title for his nation while the second Olympic quota was won by Norway’s Simon Claussen whom finished fourth.
In the women’s 25m pistol, the qualification round was won by Germany’s Josefin Eder whom finished with a total of 590. This was two points ahead of Hungary’s Veronika Major. Despite not taking the outright lead until after the penultimate set Major won the event with a total score of 35, two more than China’s Xiong Yaxuan whom also won the Olympic quota. The bronze medal was won by Chinese Taipei’s Tien Chia-chien while the second Olympic quota was won by fifth place finisher Kim Jang-mi of South Korea.
The men’s 10m air pistol saw Ukraine’s Oleh Omelchuk win the qualification round where he finished with a total score of 585, one more than China’s Pang Wei, Serbia’s Damir Mikec and India’s Chaudhary Saurabh. As only two eligible athletes reached the finals the quotas were won by Turkey’s Ismail Keles and his compatriot Yusuf Dikec. The event was won by India’s Abhishek Verma whom held the lead at the beginning of the elimination stage and held it after each round to finish with a score of 244.2. The silver and bronze medals were won by Keles and Saurabh respectively.
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 10m air rifle.