Final 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women
ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Gabala, AZE
After struggling to climb atop the podium at last month’s World Cup stage in Munich (GER), where they only won one Gold, the People’s Republic of China stated their role in the Rifle/Pistol disciplines in Gabala (AZE), where the fifth World Cup stage of the season will close today.
In the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions final match, 19-year-old Chinese talent Shi Mengyao secured the fourth Gold medal of the competition for her country, grabbing the lead along the final standing position and finishing with the impressive advantage of 3.8 points.
By scoring 459.0 points, Shi also set the new Junior World Record in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event.
After leading the table at the end of both the kneeling and the prone position, Austria’s first-time finalist Nadine Ungerank (21) struggled a bit during the standing phase, but managed to claim the Silver medal with 455.2 points.
On the third step of the podium 26-year-old, Stine Nielsen of Denmark scored 444.9 points, pocketing her second World Cup medal in this event.
Austria’s second finalist Franziska Peer (30) finished in 4th position with 433.4 points, firing a disappointing 8.4 in her 43rd shot and sliding outside of the medal positions.
Peer was followed by Switzerland’s 23-year-old Nina Christen, who entered the competition ranked 6th in the world and placed 5th with 424.5 points, while Shi’s teammate Zhang Binbin, the Olympic Silver medalist in this event at Rio 2016, finished in 6th place with 413.5.
Leaving the match after the 40th shot, Switzerland’s second final participant Petra Lustenberger (26) placed 7th in her second final appearance, scoring 404.0 points and losing a shoot-off against Zhang. Germany’s Jolyn Beer also left the final at the end of the second standing series, placing 8th with 403.6 points.
1. SHI Mengyao
2. UNGERANK Nadine
3. NIELSEN Stine
Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl