Quota places, medals and World Records are hot news at ESC

Shooters from all over Europe converged to win competitions and Olympic Quota places at the European Shooting Championships (ESC) in Maribor, Slovenia.

European-Shooting-Championships-2015The weather in Maribor is hot but the range is even hotter as it’s covered on the top and on the sides with corrugated iron - which gets so hot, you could fry an egg on it!

However, the heat did not stop the competitors, and first up on Tuesday was the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women qualifications. GB ELEY shooter Jennifer McIntosh finished top of the qualifications with a score of 588-28, on her heels was Serbian ELEY shooter Ivana Maksimovic with a score of 582-25.



ELEY-shooter-Ivana-MaksimovicAt the end of a nail-biting final, the Gold medal went to ELEY shooter, Ivana Maksimovic (SRB). The Silver medal went to ELEY shooter Petra Zublasing (ITA) and the Bronze medal went to Barbara Engleder (GER).

The Quota places at the end of the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women final went to: Agnieszka Nagay (POL), Jennifer McIntosh (GB) and Lucie Svecova (CZE).

Following the Women’s 50m Pistol final was the 50m Rifle Prone Men Eliminations 1 & 2. Towards the end of the eliminations, crowds started to form around the results board…

Sergey Kamenskiy (RUS), with ELEY tenex was shooting incredibly; no-one could quite believe it! With a total score of 633.0 he got a new World Record and new European World Record!

Wednesday kicked off with the 50m Rifle Prone Men’s final where 7 out of the 8 finalists were using ELEY tenex.

The final was close all the way through between all of the competitors, but it was Russian teammates Sergei Kovalenko and Sergey Kamenskiy who went head to head in a race to the finish.

Sergey-Kamenskiy-and-Sergei-Kovalenko-ELEY-shootersIn the end it was Kovalenko who took the Gold, and Kamenskiy who took the Silver. They both celebrated on the line before Bronze medallist Vitali Bubnovich (BLR) joined them. All three winners were using ELEY tenex to help them get medals.

The medal ceremony followed the final, which was then followed by the Men’s 50m Prone Team medal winners. The Gold medal went to Team Russia, The Silver medal went to Team Austria and the Bronze medal went to Team Norway. All of these teams (9 individuals in total), were using ELEY tenex to gain these valuable medals. Congratulations!





Sergey-KamenskiyWe caught up with Sergey after both medal ceremonies, watch the video here: http://www.eley.co.uk/the-bulletin/two-minutes-with-sergey-kamenskiy/








It was the turn of the Women to shine on Thursday, first up was the Individual Women’s 50m Prone event. The event was set up in the range and not in the finals hall and so there was no qualification round. A total of 63 women competed in the event and it was ELEY shooter Adela Sykorova (CZE) who took the Gold medal. ELEY shooter Snjezana Pejic (CRO) took the Silver and Yulia Karimova (RUS) took the Bronze.

We talked to Snjezana Pejcic the day before winning her Silver medal, to find out how she adapts and copes with constant travelling to competitions and with different ranges. Watch the video here:

The final event on Thursday was the Women’s 25m Pistol competition where 6 out of the 8 finalists were using ELEY tenex.

It was a tense final with the scores continually changing throughout. The shooting from the competitors was so accurate that before the medal matches were decided there was a shoot off between Csonka, Karsch and Salukvadze as they all tied with 16 points each.

Olena-Kostevych-ELEY-ShooterThe final result from the individual 25m Women’s Pistol competition was Zsofia Csonka (HUN) Gold, Viktoria Chaika (BLR) Silver, with ELEY tenex and ELEY shooter Olena Kostevych (UKR) took the Bronze.


The 25m Women’s Pistol team event saw the Ukraine team taking the Gold, the Belarus team the Silver and the Russian team taking the Bronze.






Congratulations to all of the competitors who have medalled so far. Keep up-to-date with the latest results from the European Shooting Championships on the ELEY website here: http://www.eley.co.uk/news-info/results/