A new world record was set today at the 2019 Asian Shooting Championships as Olympic quotas were awarded in three events. The three highest ranked eligible athletes in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions and men’s and women’s skeet qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Asian Shooting Championships is currently being held in Doha, Qatar from November 3rd to November 13th 2019.
The qualification round of the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions was topped by South Korea’s Kim Jong-hyun whom finished with a score of 1178. This was three points higher than China’s Zhang Changhong and his compatriot Zhao Zhonghao. During the elimination stage of the final Kim held the initial lead, but was overtaken by Zhao. However, a poor final shot by Zhao allowed Kim to retake the lead to win gold with a score of 459.9. The bronze medal and first Olympic quota was won by India’s Aishwary Tomar. The other two quotas were obtained by Iran’s Mahyar Sedaghat and Kazakhstan’s Yuriy Yurkov.
A new qualification world record was set in the women’s skeet where China’s Wei Meng hit 124/125 targets to finish first. This was four higher than her compatriot Zhang Donglian. As only three eligible athletes reached the finals the quotas were won by 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit and her compatriot Isarapa Imprasertsuk and South Korea’s Kim Min-ji. Wei would continue her fine form on route to winning the gold medal where she hit 53/60 targets. The silver and bronze medals were won by Zhang and Kim respectively.
The men’s skeet saw Kuwait’s Abdullah Al-Rashidi finish the qualification round first overall where he hit 122/125 targets, one more than Kazakhstan’s Vladislav Mukhamediyev and South Korea’s Hwang Jung-soo. The final came down to two Indians as they finished tied, hitting 56/60 targets each. In the shoot-off it was Angad Bajwa whom outshot Mairaj Ahmad Khan to win gold. The bronze medal was won by Kuwait’s Saud Habib. All three medalists qualified quotas for their nations.
All selected athletes must achieve the MQS in an eligible event order to compete at the Olympics. The Asian Shooting Championships continues tomorrow with medals and Olympic quotas being awarded in the men’s 10m air pistol.