ISSF Junior World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Gabala, AZE
Four Olympic Shooting events took place today at the Gabala Shooting Club, where the ISSF Junior World Cup is taking place.
50m Pistol Men Junior
Day 3 at the ISSF Junior World Cup opened with an all-Russian podium in the 50m Pistol Men Junior event, as Artem Chernousov, Anton Zanin and Aleksander Bassariev give the Russian Federation an unforgettable treble.
Chernousov climbed to the highest step of the podium despite being 3.7-points away from the top at the end of the fourth series, where he nailed his worst shot: a 7.3. In the second half of the final, in fact, the 20-year-old reduced the gap from his teammate and rival Anton Zanin (20), overtaking him in the last and decisive series and earning the Gold medal with the final score of 182.9 points.
Zanin, who led for most of the finals, finished 2nd with 181.8 points, while Chernousov pocketed his second Gold medal of the competition, doubling the one he secured yesterday in the 10m Air Pistol Men Junior event.
On the 3rd step of the podium placed Aleksander Bassariev with 163.4 points.
16-year-old Paul-Casian Codrean of Romania, who placed 38th in this event at this year’s Junior World Cup in Suhl (GER), finished just outside of the podium, in 4th position with 143.8 points.
After placing 2nd in yesterday’s Air Pistol event, India’s 18-year-old Anmol Anmol scored a total of 117.6 points and concluded the event in 5th position, followed by his teammate Nishant Bhardwaj (20), who finished 6th with 98.6 points, and by Croatia’s Leon Luka Celic (16), who placed 7th with 80.6.
The first athlete to leave the match was Kosovo’s Nexhat Sahiti (20), who finished in 8th position with 65.5 points.
On the team’s podium, it was obviously the Russian Federation who claimed the Gold medals, followed by India and Thailand, respectively in 2nd and 3rd position.
For the 50m Pistol Men Junior complete results click here.
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10m Air Rifle Men Junior
An exiting ending characterized the final of the 10m Air Rifle Men Junior event in Gabala, where Czech Republic’s Filip Nepejchal finished atop the podium of the ISSF Junior World Cup.
The 17-year-old from Kolin, currently ranked 10th in the world and winner of the Gold medal at this year’s World Cup stage in Baku (AZE), finished the match with three amazing series, closing the gap between him and Japan’s Atsushi Shimada (18) and overtaking him with his final shot, when Shimada scored a disappointing 9.5 and Nepejchal sealed his victory with a 10.5.
Nepejchal recorded a final score of 206.1 points, while Shimada scored 205.2, pulverizing the 40th place he nailed in Suhl.
Despite being in the top position after six series, India’s 17-year-old Arjun Babuta finished 3rd with 183.6, missing the 10th ring with three of his four last shots. He was participating in an international competition for the first time.
Israel’s 17-year-old Ofek Engel, who placed 10th in this event at the 2016 European Championship in Gyor (HUN), missed what would’ve been Israel first medal in Gabala by just 0.4 points, placing 4th with 164.0 points.
Engel preceded Norway’s Henrik Larsen (19), participating in his second finals at the Junior World Cup in Gabala, who placed 5th with 142.1 points.
Two Uzbekistani shooters followed Larsen: Vadim Skorovarov (20) placed 6th with 119.5 points, while Saidkhon Sayfuddinov (20) concluded in 7th position with 99.5.
The first to be eliminated from the final was India’s second final participant, Pratik Borse (19), who finished 8th with 79.1 points.
The team Gold medals were awarded to India, while Singapore followed in 2nd position and Japan placed 3rd and pocketed the team Bronzes.
For the 10m Air Rifle Men Junior complete results click here.
For the 10m Air Rifle Men Junior photo gallery click here.
10m Air Rifle Women Junior
An amazing performance by Russian 19-year-old Anastasiia Galashina delivered the Russian Federation their second Gold medal of the day, the 6th individual Gold for them at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Gabala.
In the 10m Air Rifle Women Junior event, Galashina fired all of her twenty shots inside the 10th ring, scoring 10.5-or-more with fifteen of them and concluding with the incredible mark of 210.6 points.
With her score Galashina set a new Finals Junior World Record in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event.
Alongside her, on the second step of the podium, placed her teammate Tatiana Kharkova
Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso, Silver medallist in this event at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing (CHN) and also the youngest World Cup Gold medallist in the history of ISSF, placed on the 3rd step of the podium with 186.0 points.
Daria Boldinova (17), also of the Russian Federation, finished just 0.4-points shy of the podium, concluding 4th with 164.2 points. She preceded another Singaporean shooter, Nurul Syafiqa Binte Nassaruddin (14), who concluded in 5th position scoring 142.0 points in very first international appearance.
A fourth Russian participant, 17-year-old Olga Efimova, finished 6th with 121.3 points, besting the 33rd place she nailed at this year’s Junior World Cup in Suhl. Efimova was followed by Adele Tan Qian Xiu (17), the third Singaporean finalist of the event, who placed 7th with 100.6 points.
20-year-old Dilreen Gill of India concluded in 8th position with 80.5 points.
On the team’s podium, the Russian Federation pocketed another Gold medal, followed by Singapore, who secured the Silver medals, and by India, who placed 3rd.
For the 10m Air Rifle Women Junior complete results click here.
For the 10m Air Rifle Women Junior photo gallery click here.
25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Junior
The final event of day 3 at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Gabala saw India’s 19-year-old Rushiraj Barot earned himself the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Junior Gold, strengthening India’s 2nd place in the medal table of the competition.
Barot, who previously placed 9th in this event at the 2016 ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, concluded with 25 points.
Lukas Skoumal of the Czech Republic placed 2nd, despite being tied with Barot after the 5th series, when he scored a perfect 5.
The 16-year-old, who won the Gold medal at this year’s European Championship in Tallin (EST), finished the match with two disappointing series of 2 points each, concluding with the final score of 23 points and the Silver medal around his neck.
Skoumal was followed by Australia’s 18-year-old Sergei Evglevski, 2015 Oceanian Champion in Sydney (AUS) and Silver medallist at the Junior World Cup in Suhl earlier this year, who collected the Bronze medal with 20 points.
Evglevski’s teammate Thomas James Ashmore (20) finished just down the podium, in 4th position with 14 points.
Two Indian’s shooter closed the final in the bottom two positions: George Thomas (19) finished 5th with 8 points, while Anhad Jawanda (17) concluded in 6th position with 7 points after losing a shoot-off against Thomas to stay in the competition.
They were both participating in the first international competition of their career.
For the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Junior complete results click here.
For the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Junior photo gallery click here.
Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source - ISSF Website