ELEY shooters pave the way in Munich 2016 Munich World Cup

On a hot and sticky range in Munich today there were a mixture of emotions and jubilations from those who triumphed, but also an element of sadness as this was possibly the last time elite athletes compete in the 50m Free Pistol on this prestigious Olympic range.

We were elated that all the qualifying athletes for the ISSF World Cup 50m Free Pistol final were shooting ELEY. It is fair to say Pablo Carrera had a great final from the first shot, he wavered only slightly giving Pang a hope that Gold that was in sight, but the Spanish shooter pushed through taking the glory and potentially the last Gold medal in Munich for this discipline.

pablo

Pang and Jin fought hard and as Olympic champions they knew they were more than capable of a place on the podium. For lots of non-European shooters who will return home after this competition this will be their only opportunity to scope out their competitors before the BIG showdown at the Olympic Games. You have to think this must play on the shooters’ minds.

final 50m pistol

The 25m Women’s Pistol had more shoot-offs than a Wild West film, as the scores were so tight in this very competitive field. With four separate shoot-offs, the first included five shooters and resulted in four ELEY shooters battling it out for the all-important medal matches.

25m pistol

The Bronze medal match was fierce with two series neck to neck between Boneva and Yangpaiboon. With the pressure rising it was Yangpaiboon that eventually secured the medal.

In the Gold medal match Zhang took the lead with a perfect five hits to Kostevych’s one hit, they then equalled out and the heat was on. After the fifth series Zhang, leading from the start, saw through and she claimed the victory with a Gold.