Baku is renowned for being a windy city and during the 1st European Games it certainly lived up to its name!
Shooters from all over Europe congregated in Baku, slept in the Athletes Village, trained at the range and competed; hoping to medal and gain the one valuable Olympic Quota place available per discipline.
In the 1st .22LR event, after a very exciting and nail-biting final, it was ELEY shooter Henri Junghanel from Germany who scooped the first Gold medal and an Olympic Quota place with a Finals Games Record score of 208.5. Sergei Martynov from Belarus won the Bronze using ELEY tenex.
Jennifer McIntosh, an ELEY shooter from Team GB qualified for the Women’s 50m 3 Positions finals and at the end of series 3 in the finals was in 1st place. McIntosh left the competition in 7th place doing her country proud.
ELEY shooter Petra Zublasing was spectacular in both the 50m 3 Positions Women’s qualification and in the finals. She not only won the event, taking home the Gold medal for Italy, but also gained both a Finals Games Record and a new Finals World Record with 464.7 points. Olivia Hofmann in her second ever Finals event won the Bronze medal for Austria with ELEY tenex.
Damir Mikec from the ELEY sponsored Serbian team not only topped qualification and got a Games Record, but also a Final Games Record in the 50m Pistol Men’s event. Mikec added to the growing number of Gold medals (4 in total) that the Serbian team had won. He also became the first double European Games Champion, having won two Gold medals at the Games. Turkish shooter Abdullah Omer Alimoglu won the Bronze with ELEY tenex.
Under what could be considered the most difficult windy conditions, ELEY shooter Valerian Sauveplane qualified for the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 position final. Getting through the testing conditions was worth it when he won the Gold medal with a Final Games Record, and took home an Olympic Quota place for France. Petar Gorsa from Croatia took Silver and Vitali Bubnovich from Belarus took the Bronze, both with ELEY tenex.
Antoaneta Boneva from Bulgaria finished the qualification for the Women’s 25m Pistol event with a Games Record. She shot brilliantly in the final using ELEY tenex and only just missed out on the Gold medal to Heidi Diethelm Gerber.
The final .22LR event of the 1st European games was nerve-racking for the audience to watch. Half way through the 3rd shoot offs for the Bronze medal, ELEY shooter Alexei Klimov saw that he made more hits in round two of the shoot offs than his competitor Oliver Geis. After at least 15 minutes tense discussion between the judges the decision was made and Klimov took the Silver medal for Russia.
Congratulations to all of the shooters at the 1st European Games especially in such testing windy conditions!
After a very exciting and well executed 1st European Games, the ELEY team look forward to the next in 4 years’ time.