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Vladimir Lisin Becomes The 7th ISSF President

The ISSF General Assembly elected the 7th President of the Federation, following the 38-year long presidency of Vázquez Raña. Alexander Ratner (RUS) join him at the lead of the federation as the newly elected Secretary General.

Munich (GER), 30 November 2018 – Vladimir Lisin (RUS) is the new ISSF President. He beat Italy’s Luciano Rossi in the succession to the 38-year long presidency of Olegario Vázquez Raña (MEX).

At the ISSF General Assembly held today at the Munich Park Hotel, in Germany, 136 member federations were present, in addition to 23 proxies, for a total of 159 represented federations and 292 votes, out of the maximum possible representation of 160 member, 147 countries, and 294 votes.

Delegates awarded 148 votes to Mr. Vladimir Lisin, and 144 votes to Mr. Luciano Rossi. A third candidate, Jalkh Boutros of Lebanon, withdrew yesterday, 29 November.

Mr. Vladimir Lisin (62) is a Russian entrepreneur holding Ph.Ds in Engineering and Economics, and the Chairman of one of the world’s leading steelmaking companies, NLMK Group. He practices shooting sport since the age of 14, and has been involved in the management of the sport since years. In 2002, Mr. Lisin became President of the Russian Shooting Union, and since 2009 he has been leading the European Shooting Confederation (ESC). From 2009 to 2013 he served as a member of the ISSF Administrative Council, and since 2011 he is the President of the Summer Olympic Sports Association of Russia. In 2013 he became a member of the ISSF Executive Committee, winning then the votes of the delegates at the 2014 ISSF General Assembly to become ISSF Vice-President. At the same time, he has been serving the IOC as a member of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education (2006-2014) and in the IOC Marketing Commission (2015- onward).

Today, Mr. Lisin becomes the 7th President of the International Shooting Sport Federation since its foundation in 1907. He succeeds Olegario Vázquez Raña, who led the ISSF for 38 years. Vazquez Raña stepped back this morning, following a decision he had made public in 2014. He was elected ISSF Honorary President by acclamation by the General Assembly, right after his farewell speech, today.

In his speech, before the vote, Mr. Lisin talked about the introduction of new committees to widen the representation within the decisional bodies of the ISSF, to make the role of continental confederations more significant and to increase the level of the shooting competitions.

“I don’t want to make empty electoral promises. There’s a lot of work to do for all of us. We should respect the interests of all federations and all continents.”

“We will support all member federations who really intend to develop the shooting sport in their countries. My recent trips to America and Africa showed that we have a lot to do.”

Right after the result of the election was announced, he added: “Thank you for your trust!”

With 161 votes out of 290, Mr. Alexander Ratner was elected as the new ISSF Secretary General, beating two other candidates: Ms. Melis Giraud of Turkey (85 votes) and Mr. Javaid S. Lhodi of Pakistan (36 votes). Two other candidates, Mr. György Nagy of Hungary and Mr. Hamed Safeeldin of Sudan, withdrew. Ratner takes the seat held by Germany’s Franz Schreiber since 2010. Schreiber did not seek re-election, as he retired today after his report to the General Assembly.

Mr. Ratner (63) is a Russian sports manager with a German citizenship. His career started as a member of the Organizing Committee for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, and worked with the IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch for 25 years. He served as a member of the IOC Press Commission (1997-2013), of the “Sport for All” Commission (2014-2015) and of the “Sport and Active Society” Commission (2016- onward), and received the Olympic Order in 2001.

The new Secretary General has already worked together with President Vladimir Lisin at the European Shooting Confederation, in the same roles, throughout the last five years.

left to right: the former ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Raña; the new ISSF President Vladimir Lisin (RUS); the former ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber (GER); the new ISSF Secretary General Alexander Ratner (RUS)

In his speech before the vote, Mr. Ratner said:

“Our experience in the European Shooting Confederation proves that we are a team and we work well together, in the interest of our members.”

“The mission of the Secretary General is to serve the ISSF, the member federations and the President. The mission is to fulfill your decisions,” he added, addressing the General Assembly.

Later this afternoon, delegates also elected the four ISSF Vice-Presidents: Mr. Kevin Kilty of Ireland (162 votes), Raninder Sigh of India (161 ), Robert Mitchell of USA (153), and Wang Yifu of the People’s Republic of China, who was re-elected with 146 votes.

The ISSF General Assembly will continue tomorrow, 1 December, as delegates are called to elect the new ISSF Administrative Committee, the Chairmen of the Sections Committees (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Running Target, Judges, Statutes and Eligibility, Medical), the Auditors, and the ISSF Honorary Members. On the agenda of the delegates there’s also the decision on the host of the 2019 ISSF Shotgun World Championship, and several other regulatory and administrative decisions.

In the photo, left to right: the former ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Raña; the new ISSF President Vladimir Lisin (RUS); the former ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber (GER); the new ISSF Secretary General Alexander Ratner (RUS)

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Buenos Aires 2018: Bulgaria and Germany Climbs Atop The Air Pistol Mixed International Team Podium

Bulgaria and Germany climbed together atop the podium at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, where they secured the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team event.

Vanessa Seeger and Kiril Kirov — who respectively placed 10th and 11th in the Air Pistol individual events — dominated the gold medal match, signing a clear win and securing the brightest medal with the score of 10 points to 3. The international couple prevailed over a team composed by India’s Manu Bhaker — gold medalist in the 10m Air Pistol Women event — and Tajikistan’s Bezhan Fayzullaev, who eventually landed in 2nd place and won silver.

“It was an honour only to be here, not everybody gets this chance, and to win the gold is a fantastic feeling,” said Kirov after the medal ceremony. “I really like this mixed event a lot, it allows you to recover from a bad shot thanks to the point-system and it’s enjoyable to watch.”

“I feel relieved! I wasn’t very happy about my individual event,” added his German teammate. “I still cannot believe what happened. We had two strong competitors and I’m so glad we made it, my partner was amazing and we did a great job together.”

“We’ve been a little bit lucky during the match, because our bad shots came at the same time so they didn’t affect our performance, in the end it was a great day and I’m feeling great!”

“I was happy to be teaming up with Bezhan, I never met him before and we made it together all the way to the gold medal match,” declared Manu Bhaker. “I enjoyed this event, even though I haven’t performed that well I liked it a lot.”

The bronze medal match went in the books with another resounding victory, as Ukraine’s Dmytro Honta and Mexico’s Andrea Victoria Ibarra Miranda beat Iraq’s Fatimah Abbas Waheeb Al-Kaabi and Belgium’s Jerome Son with the score of 10 points to 4.

The eight shooters competed in front of a number of authorities, including IOC President Mr. Thomas Bach, ISSF President Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña and ISSF Secretary General Mr. Franz Schreiber.

In the two semifinals that determined the medal matches participants, Bhaker and Fayzullaev beat Honta and Ibarra Miranda by 10 to 3, while Kirov and Seeger bested Al-Kaabi and Son with the score of 10 to 6.

Shooting sport at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games saw the participation of 80 athletes, representing 58 nations and competing in six YOG events: men’s and women’s 10m Air Rifle, men’s and women’s 10m Air Pistol, 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Team and 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team.

Even if there is no official medal table, seven nations climbed on the podium in individual events: Denmark, Georgia, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Switzerland.

Manu Bhaker Crowns Fantastic Year With Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Shooting Title

India’s talented Pistol shooter placed another prize in her outstanding showcase, adding the Buenos Aires 2018 gold medal to the three ones she won along the 2018 ISSF Season.

Manu Bhaker of India is the Youth Olympic Champion in the 10m Air Pistol Women event, as she ruled the final match in Buenos Aires and added another gold medal to her impressive collection of prizes.

Last March, in fact, the talented 16-year-old won Air Pistol gold in her first ISSF World Cup participation in Guadalajara (MEX), then pocketing two Junior World Cup gold medals — won in Sydney (AUS) and Suhl (GER) — and a number of continental and national titles.

In Buenos Aires, where the 3rd edition of the Youth Olympic Games kicked off on October 6th, Bhaker led the 10m Air Pistol Women event throughout the whole day, first entering the final with the highest qualification score — 576 points — and then all along the final, firing eight of her first ten shots inside the 10th ring and eventually claiming the brightest medal with 236.5 points.

“Actually I have no idea I’ve been in the lead for the whole match, I was trying to focus completely on my shooting, checking the score every four or five shots, to see how I was doing,” said Bhaker after the medal ceremony.

“I can’t really express how happy I am, this medal is so happy!” she added. “This is the most beautiful victory of my career so far, no doubt!”

To climb on the highest step of the podium, Bhaker had to prevail over Russian Federation’s Iana Enina, junior bronze medalist at the 2018 European Championship in Gyor (HUN): the 18-year-old Russian closed her match 0.6 points behind Bhaker, taking silver with 235.9 points.

Accompanied and coached by eight-time Olympian Nino Salukvadze, Georgia’s 18-year-old Nino Khutsiberidze completed the podium in 3rd place, winning the Youth Olympic bronze medal with 214.6 points. The Georgian athlete, who previously placed 7th among juniors at last month’s ISSF World Championship in Changwon (KOR), fired out of the 10th ring with both her 21st and 22nd shot, sliding down one place and finishing 3rd.

A bad 8.0 nailed in her 20th shot costed Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem a place on the podium. The 17-year-old Thai shooter, indeed, slid down from the 3nd to the 4th place at a crucial moment, barely missing the medals and scoring 194.3 points.

Manu Bhaker

Hirunphoem was followed by 18-year-old Anja Prezelj of Slovenia, who concluded the match in 5th place with 173.5 points, and by People’s Republic of China’s Lu Kaiman (18): the two-time Junior World Cup medalist placed 6th with 153.0 points.

The bottom-two positions were taken by 18-year-old Fatimah Abbas Waheeb Al-Kaabi of Iraq and 17-year-old Greta Rankelyte of Lithuania, who both scored below the 44.0-point

mark in their first 5-shot series: the Iraqi young shooter took 7th place in her first final participation, signing off with 130.7 points and preceding her Lithuanian rival, who claimed 8th position with 110.4 points.

Shooting sport at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will award another title tomorrow, as the 10m Air Rifle Women final is going to take place at 11:15 am (UTC-3:00).

Kostevych and Karimova Shine At The ISSF World Shooting Championship In Changwon

During an action-packed day-7 at the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events in Changwon, Republic of Korea, Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych claimed her first 25m Pistol Women world title.The 2004 air pistol Olympic Champion won a spine-chilling final, after a head and head duel against Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina.

Batsarashkina led the whole match, managing a thin advantage on Korevych right to the second-last series, when the Ukrainian athlete tied her at 35 hits. In the last series, both athletes scored two hits, ending up the final with an equal score of 37 hits. Three shoot-off series were necessary to break the tie, when finally Kostevych beat her Russian opponents, winning the title with a score of 37+4+4+3 hits. Batsarashkina – who had won the Air Pistol Mixed Team title along with her teammate Artem Chernousov six days ago – claimed silver with 37+4+4+2 hits.

“I am extremely happy, this has been an epic final.” Kostevych said. “I want to dedicate this title to my husband and my daughter. I have secured a quota for Tokyo, but this doesn’t mean it’s time to relax. I will continue training for the next competitions.”

The bronze medal went to Germany’s Doreen Vennekamp, who scored 31 hits. All three medallists were awarded an Olympic Quota Place for Tokyo 2020 (including Batsarashkina, who had already won a quota spot in the Mixed events). Chinese Taipei’s Chia Chen Tien joined them in the Olympic club, as she placed in fourth claiming the last qualification spot up for grabs today, with a score of 26 hits.

Later today, Yulia Karimova of the Russian Federation collected an odds-defying victory at the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women event. The 24-year old athlete – ranked 40th in the world and competing in her first world championship – finished atop of the podium with 461.1 points, gaining the title as well as an Olympic quota place for Tokyo 2020. With excellent scores in the kneeling and in the prone series, she beat the 2009 European junior champion – Germany’s 27-year old Isabella Straub – who closed the match in second with 459.5 points. The young winner also outscored the world’s #1 Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia – arriving here in Changwon after a world cup victory in Fort Benning this year – who closed today’s match in third with 446.4 points,. Seonaid Mcintosh of Great Britain, who had won the non-Olympic 50m Rifle Prone Women event here in Changwon just three days ago, begged the fourth Olympic quota up for grabs at today’s competition, joining the three medalists in the Olympic club as she placed in fourth with 435.0 points.

Kostevych and Karimova Shine At The ISSF World Shooting Championship In Changwon

Among the juniors, Team Italy 2 (Erica Sessa and Lorenzo Ferrari) won the Trap Mixed Team Junior final with 42 hits, beating Team Italy 1 (Maria Lucia Palmitessa and Matteo Marongiu) and Team China 2 (Wendi Gao and Yiliu Ouyang). The People’s Republic of China also celebrated a gold medal in the 25m Pistol Women Junior event, as Wang Xiaoyu claimed the junior title with 37 hits, and a 10-hit advantage on USA’s Morgan Katelyn Abeln (silver with 27 hits). Bronze went to Anna Dedova of the Czech Republic with 25 hits.

The 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events, held in Changwon, South Korea, from the 31st of August to the 15th of September, sees some 1800 athletes from 91 countries competing in 59 Olympic and Non-Olympic shooting events.

Slovakia gains Trap Mixed Team title, Poland’s Bartnik rules the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men event

Four Olympic shooting event were contested today at the Changwon International Shooting Centre, in Changwon, where the ISSF World Championship is currently taking place.

50m Rifle 3 Positions Men

Poland’s Tomasz Bartnik led the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event throughout the three positions, right to the last shot, winning the world title with 3.0 points of advantage on his closest follower. His final score of 460.4 points turned out to be unbeatable for his opponents, who fought for silver, bronze, and the three remaining Olympic quota places at stake.

Bartnik had never won an ISSF gold medal, before: the 28-year-old shooter from Warsaw placed 52nd at the 2010 ISSF World Championship in Munich (GER). Today, he walked into the final ranked 14th in the world. Along with the world title, Bartnik secured a quota place for Tokyo 2020.

Croatia’s Petar Gorsa (30) followed him in second place with 457.4 points, claiming his second silver medal in Changwon. The bronze medal went to United States’ Michael McPhail, a 36-year-old prone shooting specialist, who focused on 3 Positions after his main event was scrapped from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Programme in favour of mixed team events.

The American shooter built up his success on a strong prone position, outscoring Norway’s Henrik Larsen (20), who finished in fourth with 437.0 points and claimed another quota place.

As Gorsa had already won an Olympic qualification spot in the air rifle event, the fourth Olympic slot up for grabs at was awarded to 22-year-old Yang Haoran of the People’s Republic of China, who closed today’s match in 5th with 427.4 points.

Trap Mixed Team

34-year-old Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova and 42-year-old Erik Varga brought the Slovakian flag on top of the Trap Mixed Team podium for the third time in the last four competitions, ruling the final at the ISSF World Championship in Changwon after claiming the brightest medal at two of this year’s World Cup stages.

Previously during the championship, both of them had also won an individual medal: Rehak Stefecekova took gold in yesterday’s Trap Women event, while Varga placed 2nd in the Trap Men final, two days ago. Moreover, in both occasions the Slovakian shooters secured an Olympic quota place for their country.

The second Olympic slot was awarded to the silver medalist team — composed by Russian Federation’s Alexey Alipov (43) and Ekaterina Rabaya (24) — who finished five hits behind their Slovakian rivals, hitting 40 clays out of 50.

Barely missing the second Olympic quota up for grabs, Great Britain’s 29-year-old Kirsty Barr and 31-year-old Aaron Heading took a bitter bronze medal with 33 hits out of 40 clays. The very last target turned out to be decisive for the British the team, who left the match because of a lower qualification ranking.

Air Rifle junior events

It took an additional shoot-off to deliver the 10m Air Rifle Men Junior title at the ISSF World Championship in Changwon, as India’s 16-year-old Hriday Hazarika and Islamic Republic of Iran’s Amir Mohammad Nekounam (20) battled fiercely for the top position and finished tied at 250.1 points after shot number 24.

There, with the gold medal on the line, the Indian shooter — gold medalist at this year’s Junior World Cup in Suhl (GER) — fired a great 10.3, barley prevailing over Nekounam’s 10.2 and securing the brightest medal.

The podium was completed by Grigorii Shamakov (17) of the Russian Federation — bronze medalist at this year’s European Championship in Gyor (HUN) — who added another 3rd place to his collection and scored 228.6 points.

In the women’s event, China’s 20-year-old Shi Mengyao immediately took the lead by scoring 52.7 points in a great opening series. In the rest of the match, she lost the top position only once, after the shot number 12, when India’s Elavenil Valarivan briefly overtook her by a small margin.

There, Shi immediately moved back in first place with a brilliant 10.9, then managing her lead over her rivals and closing the match with 250.5 points.

Valarivan shot neck and neck with her teammate Shreya Agrawal, eventually bagging the silver medal with 249.8 points. Agrawal followed in 3rd place, collecting the bronze with 228.4.

Juniors of France, Italy and Turkey Shine At The ISSF World Shooting Championship in Changwon

Rifle, Pistol and Running Target events were contested at the Changwon International Shooting Range in Changwon (KOR), where the 52nd edition of the ISSF World Championship is taking place since August 31st.

10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Junior

At the 52nd ISSF World Championship in Changwon (KOR), Marco Suppini (19) and Sofia Benetti (16) — bronze medalists at this year’s ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl (GER) — teamed up and pocketed their first gold medal, also setting a new Junior World Record with a score of 499.0 points, 0.2 points above the previous record set by India’s Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan in Suhl (GER) in 2018.

At the end of the three 5-shot series, it was 16-year-old Sadeghian Armina and 20-year-old Amir Mohammad Nekounam of the Islamic Republic of Iran who were leading the board, but Benetti and Suppini caught up their rivals and tied the score at 456.8 points with two shots left to fire. There, the Italian duo shot a fantastic climbed atop the podium. Finishing with a score of 497.7 points, Armina and Nekounam took the 2nd place.

India’s 17-year-old Shreya Agrawal and 15-year-old Divyansh Singh Panwar completed the podium in 3rd place with the score of 435 points; finishing only 0.6 points behind the Indian team, 15-year-old Wang Shuyi and 19-year-old Tian Xiangyu of the People’s Republic of China finished the final in 4th place with 391.5 points.

In 5th position, Denmark’s 20-year-old Christina Herskind and 18-year-old Nicklas Hojfeldt Kildehoj left the match after 17th with 347.5 points.

10m Air Pistol Women Junior

Turkey’s shooter Sevval Ilayda Tarhan won the 10m Air Pistol Women Junior gold medal at the Changwon International Shooting Centre, where the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events is currently underway.

The Turkish shooter moved into the top position after the second 5-shot series, increasing her advantage shot after shot, after she found herself sitting on a comfortable gap: with six shots left to fire, in fact, Tarhan was 4.4 points ahead of her closest rival, and as the Turkish supporters already started celebrating, she sealed the world title with some solid shooting, scoring 237.9 points and claiming the first medal of the competition for Turkey.

The silver and bronze medal was respectively awarded to Republic of Korea’s Choo Gaeun and Georgia’s Lizi Kiladze (18). The 17-year-old Korean finished 2nd with 234.5 points; Kiladze, instead, scored 213.6 points and concluded in 3rd position.

Besting the 21st place she nailed twelve months ago in Suhl, France’s 16-year-old Camille Jedrzejewski placed just outside of the podium positions, signing off with 193.1 points and placing 4th. The French youngster was followed by Republic of Korea’s Yoo Hyunyoung, who placed 5th with 172.2 points, and by Germany’s Vanessa Seeger (16) who finished with 151.4 points and took 6th place.

Haniyeh Rostamiyan (19) of the Islamic Republic of Iran left the match after shot number 12, taking 8th place with 113.3 points; two shots later, the second Georgian shooter in the final — 18-year-old Nino Khutsiberidze — left the contest in 7th place with 130.5 points.

50m Rifle Prone events

The men’s and women’s 50 Rifle Prone events took place: in the men’s event it was Denmark’s Steffen Olsen who collected the gold medal. The 35-year-old shooter finished atop of the podium with 628.2 points and an advantage of 0.4 points on silver medalist Stian Bogar of Norway, second with 627.8 points. The bronze medal went to Thomas Mathis of Austria, who shot 627.1 points.

Germany won team gold with 1869.5 points, outscoring Team USA, who took silver with 1868.0 points. The bronze went to the People’s Republic of China who signed a combined score of 1866.8 points.

In the following women’s 50m Rifle Prone event, 22-year-old Seonaid McIntosh of Great Britiain scored 623.9 points, finishing in first place and winning the title with a thin but vital advantage of 0.2 points on Isabella Straub of Germany, who won silver with 623.7.

Bronze medalist Daniela Demjen Peskova of Slovakia was also very close to the top of the scoreboard, and she closed her final in 3rd place with 623.3 points — 0.4 points behind Straub.

McIntosh’s effort also lifted Great Britain on the 3rd step of the teams podium with 1850.6 points. In front of them, Germany bagged the gold medal with the unbeatable score of 1871.4 points: a new World Record, while Denmark finished 2nd with 1851.2.

50m Running Target events

27-year old Mikhail Azarenko of the Russian Federation won his first 50m Running Target Men event as a senior shooter in Changwon.

Azarenko — who was one of the best junior shooters between 2008 and 2010, when he won six titles between European and World Championship — made it to the highest step of the podium, beating Poland’s Lukasz Czapla in a shoot-off. Indeed, after both shooters finished the competition tied at 589 points, the Russian scored 20 points in the shoot-off, besting Czapla’s 19 and claiming his first world title.

Czapla won silver, adding it to the nine World Championship titles he won in the different events. The bronze medal went to Finland’s Tomi-Pekka Heikkila, with 587 points.

Azarenko’s victory also propelled the Russian Federation atop of the team podium with 1759 points. They beat Swedish who collected silver with 1756 points, and the Republic of Korea, who won bronze with 1738 points.

On the same layouts, France’s 18-year-old Nicolas Tranchant claimed the 50m Running Target Men Junior title with 579 points, leaving Ukraine’s 16-year-old Danylo Danilenko in 2nd place with 574 points. Completing the podium in 3rd position, Norway’s Espen Teppdalen Nordsveen shot 572 points and win his first medal in this event.

The ISSF World Championship in Changwon (KOR) will continue tomorrow with four more finals: the 10m Air Pistol Men Junior, scheduled at 11:15 am (UTC+9:00), the 10m Air Pistol Men, taking place at 1:15 pm, the Trap Men Junior, taking place at 3:00 pm, and the Trap Women, scheduled at 4:15 pm.

Anna Korakaki Claims Air Pistol World Title and Tokyo 2020 Quota Place

Rio 2016 Gold and Bronze medalist Anna Korakaki of Greece is the new women’s 10m Air Pistol world champion. The 22-year old athlete beat Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic, 31, with a total tally of 241.1 points. 2010 world champion Arunovic secured silver with 239.8 points.

Following them, South Korea’s Kim Boni took bronze with 218.8 points. The home shooter led throughout most of the match, sliding then down the scoreboard as she fired two frustrating last shots – 8.7 and 9.5. The medalists – as well as the fourth ranked shooter Wang Qian of the People’s Republic of China (198.1 points) – received a Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places for their countries.

Korakaki said: “This is massive, I am speechless. This is a great day for me.”

The Greek athlete, at the age of 22, has already won almost everything to be won in this sport: an Olympic gold (in the 25m pistol event) and bronze in Rio de Janeiro, an ISSF World Cup Final in 2016, as well as three world cup stages and several junior titles.

“I won this title at my first try. In 2014, at the last ISSF world championship, I was still competing among junior athletes.”

“Winning a quota place feels amazing,” she commented. “This means I can now take a long break before starting my preparation for the Games. There are still two years to go, and I will need to recharge the batteries after this championship.”

“I started-off today’s final in a nice way, then I had some troubles. I was able to recover in the second part of the match. The Korean shooter was far ahead of me, but she made some mistakes, allowing me to get closer and finally to overtake her.”

The last two shots were a duel again Serbia’s Arunovic, a current world record holder, ranked second in the world.

“Being in a neck and neck fight with Zorana is a bit weird for me. She’s one of my best friends, in and out the range. During the final we were smiling at each other, and joking about being in that situation. But I was of course a bit nervous, being the athlete in the lead.”

Anna Korakaki

The People’s Republic of China climbed atop of the teams podium (Jiang Raxin, Wang Qian, Ji Xiaojing) and established a new world record score of 1739 points.

The host country South Korea (Kim Minjung, Kim Bomi, Junghye Kwak) followed in second place with 1734 points, finishing 14 points ahead of the Russian Federation (Vitalina Batsarashkina, Margarita Lomova, Svetlana Medvedeva), third with 1720 points.

Later today, Team South Korea 1 and Team South Korea 2 won gold and silver at the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event, ahead of Team India 1.

The 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events will continue tomorrow with the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Junior and the 10m Air PIstol Women Junior Finals.