Three events concluded today at the third 2019 Rifle/Pistol World Cup; the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions, men’s 10m air pistol and women’s 25m pistol. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes in each event qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Rifle/Pistol World Cup event is currently being held in Munich, Germany from May 24th to May 31st 2019.
The qualification round of the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions saw Serbia’s Milenko Sebic top the field with a total score of 1185 points, two more than 2018 Asian Games champion Hui Zicheng of China. The final was however, topped by China’s Zhao Zhonghao whom had the lead at the end of the kneeling portion, extended it to over four points at the end of the prone portion and won by 6.2 points with a total of 461.8 over South Korea’s Kim Jong-hyun whom got the Olympic quota. The bronze medal was won by Hui while the second Olympic quota went to fourth place Milutin Stefanovic of Serbia.
The men’s 10m air pistol saw the qualification round topped by the 2018 World Championship silver medalist Artem Chernousov of Russia whom had a total of 589, three more than 2018 World Junior champion Chaudhary Saurabh of India. The final came down to these two athletes where it was Saurabh whom prevailed thanks to some great shots in the second half where he set a new finals world record with a total of 246.3, over one point more than his previous world record. The two Olympic quotas were won by China’s Peng Wei and his compatriot Wu Jiayu whom finished third and fourth respectively. By winning a quota, China is now eligible to compete in the mixed team event.
Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych, the 2018 World champion finished first in the qualification round in the women’s 25m pistol. She finished with a total of 590, two more than 2018 World Championship bronze medalist Doreen Vennekamp of Germany. The event and first Olympic quota was won by 2018 Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat of India whom took sole possession of the lead during the penultimate round, defeating Kostevych by one shot. The second quota was won by bronze medalist Antoaneta Boneva of Bulgaria.
For other nations, the next opportunity to qualify in these events is split, for European and Pan American nations their next opportunity will be at their respective continental games while for other continents they will have to wait for the next World Cup event to be held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The event continues tomorrow with medals being awarded in the men’s 10m air rifle.