Baku hosts Europe’s top shooters

The European Championship visited the Windy City of Baku in Azerbaijan for an intense competition between the continent’s elite target shooters. Nearly 1,000 athletes representing over 40 countries travelled to the world-class ranges of the Baku Shooting Centre to compete in the biennial tournament.

Ukraine’s Pavlo Korostylov set the standard on the first day as he won the 50m Pistol Final with a new European record of 230.5 using ELEY ammunition. Damir Mikec picked up the Silver medal for the ELEY backed Serbian team, and Lauris Strautmanis took Bronze for Latvia.

Next up was 50m Prone, which saw two thirds of shooters in qualification trusting ELEY tenex for this most precise of events. The finalists were eliminated one by one to leave Yury Shcherbatsevich and ELEY sponsored shooters Thomas Mathis and Sergey Kamenskiy still in contention for medals. World Number One Sergey shot a rare 9.9 to take Bronze, leaving Yury and Thomas in a shoot off. Just 0.1 point separated Gold and Silver at the end, with Shcherbatsevich taking the brightest medal and Mathis Silver.

The 25m Rapid Fire Pistol final hosted a close battle between Russia’s Sukhanov and Estonia’s Olesk. The two shooters traded shots throughout until the final series, when Sukhanov hit 5 for 5 to take Gold with ELEY tenex pistol. Germany’s Christian Reitz collected Bronze.

Shcherbatsevich won his second Gold medal of the tournament in the Men’s 3P, and Kulish was close behind until the very end to win Silver. ELEY’s Alexander Schmirl leapt up the leaderboard after a great series of shots including a 10.9, and took Bronze for Austria.

It was a great event for the McIntosh family from the ELEY sponsored British Shooting team, as Seonaid won Gold in Women’s 3P to add to sister Jennifer’s earlier Gold in Rifle Prone Women. They even qualified for 3P with the same score of 580! During the match Seonaid maintained her lead until the standing position, when Jolyn Beer took first place by the smallest margin. The Scottish shooter maintained her focus to re-take the lead, scoring 10.6 on her final shot to win Gold. Franziska Peer took Silver and Beer claimed Bronze.

The final .22LR match of the tournament was the 25m Women’s Pistol event. Consistency was key for Gold medal winner Monika Karsch, as she regularly hit all five targets to carve out an unassailable lead. Two ELEY shooters took the remaining medals – Klaudia Bres won Silver and five-time Olympic medallist Maria Grozdeva won Bronze.

ELEY congratulates all the medallists and are now looking forward to the World Cup Final in New Delhi.