Shooting: Three Gold Medals Awarded on Day 6 of European Games

Day 6 of the 2019 European Games saw medals being awarded in three shooting events; the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions, men’s rapid fire pistol and women’s 25m pistol. In terms of Olympic qualification, the highest ranked eligible athlete from each individual event qualifies their nation. Shooting at the 2019 European Games is currently being held in Minsk, Belarus from June 22nd to June 28th 2019.

The qualification round of the women’s 25m pistol was topped by 2016 Olympic silver medalist Monika Karsch of Germany whom finished with a score of 589, three more than 2018 World Championship silver medalist Vitalina Batsarashkina of Russia. The final saw Greece’s Anna Korakaki lead for most of the event, but a poor final set saw 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Heidi Diethelm Gerber tie, forcing a shoot-off to determine the gold medal. Korakaki finished 3-2 to win her second medal of the games. Diethelm Gerber also won the Olympic quota for her nation while Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Boneva won her second bronze medal at the games.

In the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions it was 2016 Olympic silver medalist Sergey Kamenskiy of Russia whom won the qualification round with a score of 1182, four more than the Czech Republic’s Filip Nepejchal and Bealrus’ Yury Shcherbatsevich. The final saw Kamenskiy take the lead during the standing portion and held on to it to win his third medal of the games with a score of 461.6. This was 0.7 points ahead of Shcherbatsevich whom won the Olympic quota. The bronze medal was won by Hungary’s Istvan Peni.

The qualification round of the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol was won by 2016 Olympic gold medalist Christian Reitz of Germany whom scored 588, five more than France’s Clement Bessaguet. As the only eligible athlete to reach the final, Turkey’s Ozgur Varlik automatically won the Olympic quota. Sadly, for Reitz he was unable to defend his European Games title as he ultimately finished fifth. Instead it was his compatriot Oliver Geis whom was the most consistent athlete to win the gold medal with a score of 33, one more than France’s Jean Quiquampoix. Bessaguet won the bronze medal.

Shooting at the 2019 European Games continues tomorrow with the next Olympic quotas being given out in three events. The next opportunity for athletes to qualify in these events will be at the respective World Cup events to be held in August.

Qualified Nations

Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
* Belarus

Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
* Turkey

Women’s 25m Pistol
* Switzerland

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