FIRST ISSF TARGET SPRINT EVENT CONDUCTED AT THE ISSF WC IN MUNICH
The first ISSF TARGET SPRINT competition took place at the 1972 Olympic Shooting Range of Munich, yesterday, during the 2013 ISSF World Cup Stage in Munich.
Over 90 athletes participated in the debut competition of the new ISSF Sport For All event.
ISSF TARGET SPRINT combines athletes’ precision shooting and running abilities. The new event mixes air rifle shooting and middle distance running. It requires participants to be fast, accurate shooters and to possess outstanding physical fitness.
How does ISSF TARGET SPRINT work?
ISSF Target Sprint participants begin each event with a mass start and a fixed distance run. At the end of the first run, 400 meters, they stop at a 10-meter air rifle range where they must pick up their rifles and shoot at and hit five knockdown targets from standing position. More than five shots are often required to hit all five targets, but that adds to the shooting time. There are no penalties, but the sooner you finish shooting, the sooner you can start running your next lap.
At the end of the second run, participants must shoot another five targets before beginning the third and final running stage.
The athlete who completes the three running stages and two shooting stages and who is the first at the finish line is the winner.
Four events were conducted here in Munich.
Tomas Bystrieky of Czech Republic won the ISSF TARGET SPRINT Men event, with an overall time of 06:25.4 minutes, with a 24.5 seconds margin on his followers. Securing the Silver medal, it was Germany's Hans Wurmer, with 6:49.9 minutes. Another German shooter, Alexander Goerzen, pocketed the Bronze medal with a time of 7:11.7 minutes, finishing 46.3 seconds behind the winner.
Judith Wagner of Germany won the ISSF TARGET SPRINT Men event, crossing the finish line in 8:01.5 minutes. Ivana Kruijjff (GER), followed her shortly behind bagging Silver with time of 8:13.6 minutes. Bronze went to Germany's Simone Sternthal, with a final time of 8:59.8 minutes.
Munich's ISSF TARGET SPRINT competition also featured separate Junior competitions.
The podiums of the ISSF TARGET SPRINT Junior Men and of the ISSF TARGET SPRINT Junior Women saw the success of German athletes.
Christian Hess won the Junior Men event, completing the three laps and the two shooting sessions in 7:03.9 minutes. His teammaye Marting Vollmer finished in second only 13.7 second behind, with a total time of 7:17.6 minutes. Marco Hinz took the Bronze, with 7:36.0 minutes.
Among the Junior Women athletes, Jana Landwehr stepped atop of the podium winning Gold with a final time of 7:50.7 minutes, followed only 4.2 seconds behind by Lisa Kellermann with an overall time of 7:54.8 minutes. Anna Wahls finished on the third step of the podium, pocketing the Bronze at 8:01.8 minutes.
“A Sport for All event” ISSF President said.
ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Raña said “We are developing ISSF TARGET SPRINT under the rubric of Sport for All, which is a program now being strongly promoted by the IOC. We were looking for a new event that combines marksmanship and fitness, can be staged outdoors, and is accessible to everybody.”
“A pair of running shoes is all you need. Everything is designed to keep costs down for the athletes. The ISSF will provide targets and single-shot air rifles,” ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber said.