Shooting: Zykova, Bacosi and Nilsson Win Shooting Gold at European Games

A gold medal shoot-off occurred on the final day for individual shooting events at the 2019 European Games. Three more gold medals were awarded: women’s 50m rifle 3 positions, men’s skeet and women’s skeet. 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 50m rifle 3 positions was won by 2017 European Championship bronze medalist Jolyn Beer of Germany whom finished with a total score of 1174, six more than her nearest competitor, Sanja Vukasinovic of Serbia and Nikola Mazurova of the Czech Republic. However, Beer would have a relatively poor performance in the final, finishing eighth. A good performance in all three positions allowed Russia’s Zykova to take a four-point lead over the rest of the field at the beginning of the elimination stage. This continued on route to a gold medal with a total score of 459.6, 5.7 ahead of Mazurova while her compatriot Polina Khorosheva won the bronze medal. The Olympic quota was won by Vukasinovic whom finished fourth.

Women’s skeet saw 2016 Olympic champion Diana Bacosi of Italy top the qualification round with a score of 120, four more hits than France’s Lucie Anastassiou, Cyprus’ Panagiota Andreou and Russia’s Albina Shakirova. The final came down to a shoot-off as both Anastassiou and Bacosi finished level with 53 hits. In the ensuing shoot-off Bacosi was able to hit four targets to Anastassiou’s three, winning the gold medal. Anastassiou would win the Olympic quota for France. The bronze medal was won by Italy’s Chiara Cainero.

A draw of 122/125 hits in the qualification round of the men’s skeet occurred between the Czech Republic’s Tomas Nydrle, Denmark’s Emil Petersen and Great Britain’s Ben Llewellin. The resulting shoot-off was won by Nydrle whom hit six targets to Petersen’s four and Llewellin’s three. The final and Olympic quota was won by Sweden’s Stefan Nilsson whom hit his final 36 targets to finish with a score of 57, one more than Nydrle. The bronze medal was won by Italy’s Gabriele Rossetti.

These were the final shooting Olympic quotas awarded at the 2019 European Games. Overall eleven different nations won a quota with only the Czech Republic winning two quotas overall. 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

Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
* Serbia

Men’s Skeet
* Sweden

Women’s Skeet
* France

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