Final 10m Air Rifle Men
ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Munich, GER
The 2017 ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup in Munich, Germany, kicked-off today with the men’s 10m Air Rifle competition.
The match, held at the 1972 Olympic Shooting Range in Hochbruck, saw the success of Rio 2016 silver medalist Sergey Kamenskiy, who finished atop of the podium with a new world record of 250.9 points.
Kamenskiy, 29, beat his teammate Vladimir Maslennikov, 22, after a thrilling neck and neck fight throughout the second half of the match, leaving him in second place with 250.4 points.
Maslennikov held the 250.5-point world record shuttered by Kamenskiy today. He had scored it on the 11th of March, when he won the 2017 European Championship in Maribor, Slovenia.
“It has been a tough competition,” Kamenskiy said after the final. “It has been really warm through the competition day here in Munich, it has been intense.”
“During the final, I did not realize I was going to break the world record. I was so concentrated on my routine, on my shots, that I did not pay attention to that.”
“I am so happy that I made it to the first place, and that I get to share the podium with my teammate Vladimir. He did a great job today.”
Kamenskiy had finished in the spotlights by winning the Olympic 50m Rifle 3 Position silver medal in Rio, last year. Then, he secured the ISSF World Cup title in the same event at the end of the season, in Bologna, Italy.
“I kept on training through the winter season, I kept on working hard,” he commented. “I did a lot of physical training and worked on the technique, I never really stopped after the Games.”
The 2015 European Games champion Vitali Bubnovich of Belarus, 42, claimed today’s Bronze with 228.9 points, securing his second ISSF world cup medal in career.
He was followed by Omer Akgun of Turkey, who closed the match in 4th place with 207.6 points, Ravi Kumar of India, 5th with 185.7 points, Spain’s Jorge Diaz, 6th with 164.8 points, Serbia’s Lazar Kovacevic, 7th with 142.4 and Israel’s Sergey Richter, 8th with 121.2 points.
The women’s 10m Air Rifle final will follow at 5 PM (GMT+2), and it will be broadcasted live on the ISSF Website at www.issf-sports.org.
Source - ISSF Website