The battle for a place at Rio 2016 continued at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, beginning with the 50m Pistol Men event. Joao Costa from Portugal started strongly in the final to gain an early lead, and held on to his advantage to take Gold. He was followed by China’s Zhang and Japan’s Matsuda, with all athletes using ELEY tenex to secure success. Matsuda and Italy’s Giordano won the two available quota spaces for their countries.
The 25m Pistol Women final was next, and we saw an exciting contest between the World Champion Zhang from China and Prucksakorn from Thailand. Zhang, who already held a quota place, used ELEY tenex pistol to lead from the start and won by 7-1, while Prucksakorn took Silver and a Quota place for Rio next year. Alipova, also using ELEY, took the Bronze medal and the final Quota place for Rio 2016.
The rifle matches got underway with 50m Rifle Prone Men, a great final with just 0.2 points splitting Gold and Silver. The USA’s McPhail built on his Gold medal win at Fort Benning to again stand on top of the podium, shooting ELEY tenex to beat Graff from France and Bubnovich from Belarus. The 2016 Olympic Quota places were taken by Graff and Austria’s Raser.
Many congratulations also to Ken Parr who made the 50m Rifle Prone Men final; the last Briton to do so was back in 2008 so it was a great achievement for him and the GB team.
Ken Parr in the 50m Rifle Prone Men's final.
Germany’s Reitz dominated in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event, scoring 592 in qualification and nearly beating his own World Record. Sanderson from the USA and the Russian Federation’s Klimov took Silver and Bronze with ELEY tenex pistol, also gaining a quota place for their countries.
It was now the turn of the 3P shooters, with the women first to take their positions. The three time Olympian Engleder took Gold for Germany with a 6.5 point lead over Silver medallist Yoo, who also gained an Olympic Quota place for Korea. The second Rio qualification went to Kalnysh from Ukraine. There was a personal triumph for ELEY shooter Ivana Maksimovic in the first Elimination relay, as she became a new National Record Holder (again!) for Serbia after scoring 588.
The final .22LR event in Munich was the Men’s 3P, which saw an impressive performance from Germany’s Link (20) in his first World Cup final. He shot consistently in all three positions to take Gold and a Rio 2016 Quota place. Another young shooter, 19 year old Yang from China, took Silver and set a new Junior Finals World Record of 457. Louginets (RUS) overtook Raynaud (FRA) in the Standing series to take Bronze, but the Frenchman was rewarded with the final .22LR quota place of the competition. All the medallists used ELEY tenex.
The ELEY team look forward to the next ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan.