The yearly competition closed in Tucson (USA) on July 19th, after kicking off last March in Guadalajara (MEX), and stopping in Changwon (KOR), Fort Benning (USA), Munich (GER) and Siggiewi (MLT).
The 2018 ISSF World Cup Series sealed in Tucson (USA) on July 19th, closing a circle that opened almost five month earlier in Mexico.
The inaugural combined stage of the season, indeed, took place in Guadalajara (MEX) from March 1st to March 12th. A total of 400 shooters from 50 nations participated, competing both at the CODE Paradero and at the Club Cinegetico Jalisciense. It was the 12th World Cup stage held on Mexican soil since 1986, following the seven hosted by Mexico City and the four held in Acapulco.
The ISSF World Cup Stage 2 took place in Changwon (KOR) from the 20th to the 30th of April: 866 shooters competed in the 15 Olympic Shooting events, representing 70 National Olympic Committees and testing the brand new Changwon International Shooting Range for the first time.
The following month, two World Cup stages in the Rifle/Pistol disciplines was held in Fort Benning (USA) and Munich (GER): the first one took place at the Fort Benning US Army base from the 7th to the 15th of May, welcoming 295 shooters from 54 nations; the second one was contested at the historic Olympia Schießanlage — the range that hosted shooting sport events at the 1972 Olympic Games — where 790 shooters from 82 NOCs gathered from the 22nd to the 29th.
Hosting an ISSF competition for the very first time, the island of Malta organized the second-to-last World Cup stage of the season: the competition was held at the newly built Malta National Shooting Ranges in Siggiewi from June 5th to June 15th. There, 396 athletes from 60 nations competed in the five Shotgun events.
Finally, the sixth and final stage of the series took place at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club in Tucson (USA) from July 9th to July 19th: 204 shooters participated, representing 39 National Olympic Committees and once again, battling in the Trap, Skeet and Trap Mixed Team events.
Along with the six ISSF World Cup stages, two ISSF Junior World Cups took place: the first one was held in Sydney (AUS) from March 19th to March 29th, and saw the participation of 144 athletes from 16 nations; the second one, then, took place in Suhl (GER) from June 22nd to June 29th — 750 junior shooters from 61 NOCs competed.
In total, 1761 shooters from 105 nations competed during the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series. Furthermore, a total of 51 new records were set along the season: 38 senior and 13 junior ones.
No World Cup Final will be held at the end of the season, as the ISSF Executive Committee unanimously decided last year to reorganize the World Cup Final calendar, organizing this competition every two years to avoid overlapping with the ISSF World Championship and the Olympic Games. International shooters will now meet at the ISSF World Championship in all events, taking place in Changwon (KOR) from August 31st to September 15th. There, the first Olympic quota places for Tokyo 2020 will be assigned.