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terça-feira, 25 de setembro de 2012

The best Shotgun shooters of the world met in Maribor, Slovenia,

2012 ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final in Maribor closed today: Olympic Champions in the spotlights
The best Shotgun shooters of the world met in Maribor, Slovenia, to compete in the 2012 ISSF World Cup Final. Olympic Champions, World Cup winners and top performers thrilled the last international match of the year.
The bests don’t rests, and keep on playing right to the end of the season. The top Shotgun shooters of the world met in Maribor, Slovenia, to compete in the 2012 ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final, the last international match of the year.

The competition, that run from the 21st through the 25th of September at the Gaj Maribor Shooting Centre, saw the participation of 57 international athletes coming from 28 countries, competing in the five Olympic shooting events of Trap, Double Trap and Skeet.

Only the bests were invited to be here: the London 2012 Olympic medallists met the title defenders of the 2011 World Cup Final in Al Ain, and the top-8 shooters in each event selected throughout this year’s ISSF World Cup stages in USA, Great Britain and Italy.

The United States of America placed atop of the medal standings of the World Cup Final, pocketing one Gold medal (won byJoshua Richmond at the Double Trap event), and two Silver medals (Hancock at the Skeet Men, and Drodz at the Skeet Women event). Four nations (Denmark, Finland, Slovakia and Turkey) tied in second place, with one Gold medal each.

Andres Golding of Denmark, the 2012 Olympic Silver medallist, confirmed to be in great shape, securing the Skeet Men title, with two clays of advantage on the two-time Olympic Champion Hancock of USA.

Slovakia’s Danka Bartekova, an Olympic Bronze medallist of London 2012 and a recently-elected member of the IOC Athletes Commission, pocketed the Skeet Women title, beating USA’s 18-year old Drodz and Germany’s 2008 Olympic medallist Christine Wenzel.

It was not a surprise to see Turkey’s Tuzunon the highest step of the Trap Men podium. The 2010 ISSF World Cup Final winner shot a great match and secured his second title by outdoing the 2004 Olympic Champ Alexey Alipov of Russia in a shoot-off for Gold.

The ISSF World Cup Final also presented a thrilling Trap Women competition, which was eventually won by the 2008 Olympic Champion Satu Makela-Nummela of Finland, who defeated the London Olympic winner Jessica Rossi of Italy.

Maribor’s ISSF World Cup Final concluded the 2012 Shotgun season. Over 650 shooters coming from 85 nations participated in this year’s ISSF World Cup Series, which kicked-off last March in Tucson, Arizona, and then proceeded to London, Great Britain, and Lonato, Italy, in May.

The 2013 ISSF World Cup Series will start next March, in Acapulco, Mexico, after the winter break. Check out the calendar of the next international events, and stay tuned for more news on www.issf-sports.org

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