Valarivan won the opening event in the women’s 10m air rifle 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 was won by Mary Tucker of the United States whom edged out Romania’s Laura-Georgeta Coman by 0.2 points, finishing with a total of 631.1 points. As only two eligible athletes made the finals, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Ying-shin and Iran’s Armina Sadeghian both won quotas for their nations. The final had a group of athletes all vying for the lead, but in the end Valarivan shot the most consistent elimination round to win gold with a score of 251.7. The silver and bronze medals were won by Great Britain’s Seonaid McIntosh and Lin respectively.
This was the final World Cup event for women’s 10m air rifle. Athletes can still qualify via their respective continental qualifiers or through the world rankings. More quotas will be awarded tomorrow with finals occurring in three different events.