|2013 ISSF Rifle and Pistol in Munich closed today. Medals and records wrap-up|
|More than 700 athletes competed at the ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Stage 3 which took place in Munich from the 24th to the 29th of May. China finished atop of the medals standings. Three new world records were scored.|
Munich, 29/05/2013 - The 2013 ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Stage 3 was officially closed today, in Munich, Germany.
And it has been a great competition, in terms of participation and results. The event took place at the 1972 Olympic Shooting Range of Munich from the 24th to the 29th of May, and saw the participation of 700+ athletes, 400+ officials, for a total number of 1200+ start in the ten Olympic events of Rifle and Pistol Shooting.
“I would like to thank the German Shooting Federation and it's Vice President Wolfang Kink, the Bavarian Shooting Sport Federation, that hosted this fine competition, and all the official who made this possible.” Mr Gary Anderson, the ISSF Vice-President, said at the closing ceremony.
“A special thank you goes to all the shooters, team officials and coaches who have come here to compete in this ISSF event. It has been a great world cup! Thank you all in behalf of the ISSF!” Mr Anderson concluded.
The People's Republic of China finished atop of the overall medals standings of the event, with two Gold and five Silver medals. Serbia placed in second, with two Gold and one Silver, thanks to the last-minute victory of Nemanja Mirosavljev at the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men final, the last match of the event. Austria also finished on the podium with one Gold and one Silver medals.
A new World Record of 631.5 points was established by Hungary's Peter Sidi, who beat his own record at the 10m Air Rifle Men event on the 25th of May. Three Junior World Records were also established in these days, at the 10m Air Rifle Men Junior and at the 50m Rifle Prone Men Junior events.
The first medals of the 2013 ISSF World Cup Stage 3 in Munich were assigned on the 25th of May, when two young shooters finished in the spotlight. China's 17-year old Yang Haoran won his second 10m Air Rifle Men Gold medal back to back with a great score of 210.5 points, while the 20-year old European Champion Lisa Ungerank (AUT) won the 10m Air Rifle Women event with 206.7 points.
On the second competition day, the 26th of May, the 36-year old Serbian shooter Andrija Zlatic won this year's second consecutive World Cup Gold medal in the 50m Pistol , in spite of the difficult windy conditions. On the same day, two Chinese teammates met at the 25m Pistol Women Gold medal match, Yuan Jing, 26, eventually taking the Gold. The first ISSF TARGET SPRINT event was then conducted in the afternoon, to present the new ISSF event which combines mid-distance running with 10m Air Rifle shooting at falling targets.
The event continued on the 27th of May, with the great success of Mickael D'Halluin, 22, from France, who secured Gold at his debut in the 50m Rifle Prone Men event with 207.3 points. It was then Japan's Teruyoshi Akiyama, 41, who won the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men final with 33 hits, and 4 hits of advantage on his followers.
Czech Republic's 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist Adela Sykorova came back upon an ISSF World Cup podium on the 28th of May, when she pocketed Gold at the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women event. Another protagonist of London 2012, Korea's Olympic multi-medalist Jin Jongoh, also came back here in Munich after taking a break in the last months. The 33-year old champion was the only one who could shoot an average of more than 10 points per shot, during the 50m Pistol Men final, ending up on the highest step of the podium with a score of 202.2 points.
Today, on the last competition day, Viktoria Chaika, 32, from Belarus, won the 10m Air Pistol Women final with 199.6 points, coming back atop of an ISSF podium after six years. Serbia's Nemanja Mirosavljev, 43, won his first 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Gold medal in the last competition of the day, with 454.5 points.
The ISSF World Cup Series will now continue in Cyprus, where the next ISSF Shotgun World Cup Stage 3 will take place from the 8 through the 17 of June in Nicosia. Follow the match onwww.issf-sports.org
Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
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