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domingo, 21 de maio de 2017

Quiquampoix leads Rapid Fire Pistol final in Munich



Final 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men


ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Munich, GER
In the final, he met and beat the two athletes who shared the Rio 2016 Olympic podium with him.
All three Rio 2016 medalists competed in today’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men final, at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, Germany.

With 33 hits, and two hits of advantage on his followers, it was Olympic silver medalist Jean Quiquampoix, 21, from France, who won the match, leaving Zhang Jian of the People’s Republic of China, 31, in second place with 31 hits.

The reigning Olympic Champion Christian Reitz, shooting on his home turf here in Germany, placed in third with 25 hits. Today, the 30-year old shooter collected his 21st ISSF World Cup medal, his 7th here in Munich.

“I’m very happy, because today I managed to rebound after a difficult first world cup stage,” said Quiquampoix after the final. At the last ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup in New Delhi he had placed in 14th.

“I like the Munich’s shooting range,” he continued. Here he won the 2015 ISSF World Cup Final, as well as a world cup silver in 2016. “It’s maybe a coincidence but, every time I come here it ends up with a medal, so I’m always motivated to compete in Munich, it’s always pleasure.”

Quiquampoix finished in the spotlights during the Rio Games, as he won Silver at his first participation, at 20 years of age. But that didn’t change his life or his workflow, he said. “After Rio, not a lot have changed,” he commented. “The media exposure during and after the Olympics has been huge, but ephemeral. It only lasted a month or so, and now life goes on.”

Indeed, Quiquampoix is back to work: “next step will be the ISSF World Cup in Gabala, (next June, ed.), and then the main focus of the season is on the European Championship in Baku (next July, ed.)”

His teammate Clement Bessaguet, 25, took today’s 4th place with 21 hits, ahead of Rio 2016 Bronze medalist Li Yuehong of the People’s Republic of China, 27, who closed the match in 5th with 17 hits. Song Jong Ho of the Republic of Korea, 27, was the first to be eliminated, with a score of 10 hits worth the 6th place.

Tomorrow, May 22, the world cup stage will continue with two medal events: the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions final is scheduled at 11.30 (GMT+2), while the men’s 10m Air Pistol final will be held at 13.15. All finals will be broadcasted live on www.issf-sports.org  

1. QUIQUAMPOIX Jean
2. ZHANG Jian
3. REITZ Christian
21.05.2017


Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source ISSF Website

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