Shooting: Zykova, Korakaki and Lin Win Gold at Munich World Cup

Three events concluded today at the third 2019 Rifle/Pistol World Cup. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes in the women’s 50m rifle 3 position and women’s 10m air pistol and the three highest ranked eligible athletes in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol 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 women’s 50m rifle 3 positions was topped by Germany’s Jolyn Beer whom finished with a score of 1180, two points ahead of Serbia’s Sanja Vukasinovic. For most of the final it was Great Britain’s Seonaid McIntosh whom held the lead, including a three point lead after the kneeling section, but failing to break 10 points in each of her final four shots allowed Yuliya Zykova of Russia to grab the lead, the gold and Olympic quota on the last shot to win by 0.2 points with a score of 461.6. The second quota was won by bronze medalist Katrine Lund of Norway

In the women’s 10m air pistol it was the 2004 Olympic gold medalist Olena Kostevych of Ukraine whom equalled the world record to win the qualification round. She finished with a score of 587, two points ahead of Uruguay’s Julieta Mautone Jimenez whom set a world junior record of her own. The final saw multiple lead changes. At the end of the first stage it was 2018 World champion Anna Korakaki of Greece whom held the lead. She was overtaken by South Korea’s Kim Min-jung whom held it until the penultimate round where she was overtaken by China’s Qian Wei and Korakaki and was eliminated. A poor shot in the final round by Qian allowed Korakaki to retake the lead and win the event. The Olympic quotas were won by Qian and India’s Manu Bhaker, which now makes India eligible to compete in the mixed team event.

The qualification round of the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol was topped by 2016 Olympic champion Christian Reitz of Germany whom finished two points ahead of 2018 World champion Lin Junmin of China. As only three eligible shooters reached the final, the Olympic quotas went to Reitz, France’s Clement Bessaguet and Russia’s Alexander Alifirenko. The final was a tight affair with multiple lead changes that came down to Bessaguet leading Lin by one point. However, Bessaguet missed three of his final shots while Lin hit all five of his targets giving him the title with a total score of 32. The bronze medal was won by France’s Jean Quiquampoix.

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. Overall 13 nations won an Olympic quota at this World Cup with China earning three while India and Russia picked up two each.

Qualified Nations

Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
* Norway
* Russia

Women’s 10m Air Pistol
* China
* India

Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
* France
* Germany
* Russia

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