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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.

Russia, South Korea, Italy And Spain Take One Gold Each In Action Packed Shooting Championship

Four Olympic shooting events were contested today at the Changwon International Shooting Centre, where the 52nd edition of the ISSF World Championship is taking place.

10m Air Rifle Men

In the opening event of the day 2016 Olympic silver medalist Sergey Kamenskiy (30) of the Russian Federation won the 10m Air Rifle Men event, climbing up the scoreboard with a strong series of tens, landing atop of the podium with 248.4 points.

After leading through most of the final match, Kamenskiy jeopardized his match on the second-to-last shot, when he fired a frustrating 8.9 — the only shot out of the 10th ring of his competition. With one shot to go, he found himself tied in the lead with Croatia’s Peter Gorsa.

The last shot turned into a shoot-off for gold: a single shot that Kamenskiy cleared with a brilliant 10.6 against Gorsa’s 9.7, pocketing the brightest medal at the end of a thrilling match. The second Croatian finalist, 21-year-old Miran Maricic followed them in 3rd place, claiming bronze with 227.3 points.

The Russian athlete, as well as the three following finalists, earned a Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota place for their country.

Silver medalist Peter Gorsa (30) scored 247.5 points to climb on the second step of podium. People’s Republic of China’s Hui Zicheng (29) followed the medalists in 4th place with 206.1 points, also securing the fourth and last Olympic quota to be awarded in the final.

The title defender, 2014 World Champion and Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Yang Haoran of the People’s Republic of China, followed him in 5th place with 185.7 points, ahead of India’s Deepak Kumar (30) — 6th with 164.1 points — Mahyar Sedaghat (22) of the Islamic Republic of Iran — 7th with 143.0 points — and of Republic of Korea’s Nam Taeyun (20) — 8th with 121.4 points.

Hui and Yang met again atop the team podium, as the People’s Republic of China secured the gold medal with a combined score of 1887.4 points: a new World Record. The Russian Federation followed in 2nd position with 1884.0 points, while the Republic of Korea also made it to podium, winning bronze with 1878.5 points.

10m Air Rifle Women

The first world title for the host country and two Olympic quota places: Republic of Korea’s Im Hana and Jung Eunhea drove the crowd crazy at the Changwon International Shooting Centre, where they pocketed a gold-bronze combination in the 10m Air Rifle Women event, also claiming two of the four Olympic quota places up for grabs.

17-year-old Im, who is participating here in the first world championship of her career, was standing in 5th place after the first 5-shot series, and in 3rd after the second one. There, the young Korean shooter fired a series of impressive shots, hitting the 10th ring for 14 consecutive times and definitely grabbing the top position after shot number 14. The new World Champion, who made her 4th appearance ever in an ISSF competition, concluded with 251.1 points.

Im prevailed over another talent — India’s 24-year-old Anjum Moudgil — who fired a 9.8-9.7 combination in her third-to-last series, eventually signing off with 248.4 points and the silver medal around her neck.

The podium was completed by another Korean shooter: Jung Eunhea, indeed, joined Im and Moudgil on the podium after she led the scoreboard in the earliest part of the match. The 28-year-old from Incheon claimed the bronze medal with 228.0 points.

The other two Olympic quota places were awarded to Moudgil and to the second Indian shooter in the final — 25-year-old Apurvi Chandela — who took 4th place with 207.0 points. Chandela was followed by Singapore’s Adele Tan Qian Xiu (19), who barely missed the Olympic slot and finished in 5th place with 184.3 points.

Italy’s 29-year-old Petra Zublasing left the contest after shot number 14, taking 7th place with 142.9 points. Two shots later, it was Chinese Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin who left the match: the 19-year-old athlete, currently number 2 in the World Ranking in this event, concluded in 6th position with 163.4 points. Germany’s Isabella Straub was the first shooter eliminated from the final: the 27-year-old finished with 122.1 points and took 8th place.

On the team podium, the Republic of Korea secured the gold medal with 1886.2 points, setting a new World Record in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event. The silver medal was awarded to India with 1879.0 points, while the bronze medal went to Germany with 1878.4.

Trap Women Junior

Italy’s Erica Sessa is the new World Champion in the Trap Women Junior event: the 19-year-old shooter won the final match beating India’s 19-year-old Manisha Keer in a shoot-off, after the two finished with 41 hits at the end of the 50-shot final.

It only took one target in the tie-break, as Sessa beat Keer and finished atop the podium. Both shooters equalled the World Record set in 2017 by Marie-Louis Meyer of Germany at the European Championship in Baku (AZE).

The Italian athlete had already finished under the spotlight at the 2017 ISSF Junior World Cup in Porpetto (ITA) where she placed 1st and collected her first international medal. Furthermore, she won gold at this year’s European Championship in Leobersdorf (AUT).

Russia’s 16-year-old Daria Semianova claimed bronze with 31 crushed targets out of 40, winning her second international award in less then a month, after the silver medal she secured at the same championship in Leobersdorf.

The second Italian finalist, 19-year-old Maria Lucia Palmitessa, closed the match in 4th place with 27 hits out of 35 clays. Germany’s Kathrin Murche (18) and Kazakhstan’s Sarsankul Rysbekova (20) followed in 5th and 6th place with 27 hits out of 30 and 20 hits out of 25, respectively.

The Italian team finished atop the Trap Women Junior team podium with a combined score of 352 hits, also establishing a new Junior World Record. The People’s Republic of China, in spite of having no shooter in the final, claimed the team’s silver with 327 clays scored; one target behind, at 326, the United States of America collected the bronze.

Trap Men

The fourth and conclusive event of the day crowned 35-year-old shooter Alberto Fernandez of Spain, who won the second world title of his career.

Fernandez, who previously won the World Championship in Munich (GER) in 2010, only missed two of his 50 targets, prevailing over Slovakia’s two-time World Champion Erik Varga, who instead missed three clays.

Varga crushed 47 total targets, adding a silver medal to the two World Championship golds he won in Granada (ESP) in 2014 and Lonato (ITA) in 2015. Kuwait’s Abdulrahman Al Faihan, Junior World Champion in Zagreb (CRO) in 2006, completed the podium in 3rd place, taking bronze with 32 hits out of 40 clay targets.

Participating in the first final match of his career in the Trap Men event, Australia’s 22-year-old James Willett — a four-time World Cup medalist in the Double Trap Men event — placed just outside of the podium, hitting 28 of his 35 targets and finishing in 4th position.

The four Olympic quotas for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were awarded to Spain, Slovakia, Kuwait and Australia. Italy’s Mauro De Filippis — gold medalist at this year’s ISSF World Cup stage in Changwon — concluded his match in 5th place with 23 crushed clays out of 30.

Despite earning himself the higher qualification bib, United States’ Walton Eller left the match after only 25 targets missing eight of them and placing 6th with 17 hits.

Along with the individual bronze, Kuwait also won the team gold medal with 360 total hits; the silver and bronze medals was awarded to the United States of America and Italy, who also finished with 360 hits, but took 2nd and 3rd place according to the countback rule.

The ISSF World Championship in Changwon will continue tomorrow with two more finals: the 10m Air Pistol Women, scheduled at 1:15 pm (UTC+9:00), and the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Junior, taking place at 2:45 pm.

52nd ISSF World Championship opens in Changwon, Korea

The opening ceremony of the championship took place at the Changwon Indoor Gymnasium, where hundreds of spectators were entertained by some colourful exhibitions of dancers and other performers. Among the many authorities who attended the ceremony: Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña, President of the ISSF, Mr. Franz Schreiber, Secretary General of the ISSF, Mr. Lee Nak-yon, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Kim Kyung-soo, Governor of the Gyeongsangnam-do province, Mr. Heo Seong-mu, Mayor of Changwon City, and Mr. Hwang Yongdeug, President of the Korea Shooting Federation, who was the first to take the podium.

“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the present authorities,” said Mr. Hwang. “For their full support, as well as the organizing staff for their dedicated efforts. Changwon City has been the herb of shooting sport in Korea, as it organized the ISSF World Cup for eight times since 2003, contributing to the development of our sport.”

Athletes and officials of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea also attended the ceremony, and they were greeted by all the authorities, including the Prime Minister of the host country: “I would like to mention the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea delegation, warmly welcoming them as my compatriots,” said Mr. Lee. “I hope your stay will be enjoyable and I wish you best of luck.”

Finally, the President of the ISSF, Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña took the stage, officially declaring the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events open.

“Authorities, athletes, judges, referees and officials, it is an honour and a great joy for me to welcome you all to the 52nd ISSF World Championship in the beautiful city of Changwon, which always welcomed us with warmth, generosity and open arms,” Mr. Raña also said. “Korea is the only Asian country that organized the ISSF World Championship twice. First forty years ago in Seoul in 1978, where I participated as a competitor and where for the first time I thought I could one day become the President of the then UIT.”

The national anthem of the Republic of Korea and the one of the International Shooting Sport Federation were then played to the audience, sealing a remarkable opening ceremony.

Earlier today, Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña met the former UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon at the Changwon World Peace and Democracy Forum.

Delivering a keynote speech to the forum, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon said: “I would like to thank the ISSF President, Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña, and the ISSF Secretary General, Mr. Franz Schreiber for being here today. It is very meaningful to host this forum here in Changwon, in occasion of the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all shooting events.”

“Sport and peace have a profound relationship: sport can contribute to peace as it has the power to promote tolerance and mutual understanding. The ISSF World Championship is happening in the right place at the right time.”

Mr. Ban Ki-Moon continued: “A delegation of 22 North Korean athletes and coaches has arrived here in Changwon to take part in the championship. This is a great occasion to promote inter-Korean relationships and to build on the momentum. I believe it’s great that athletes from the North and from the South will get to compete in the same events.”

2018 ISSF World Cup Series Comes To An End In Tucson

USA claimed a gold and a bronze medal at today’s Trap Mixed Team final – the last match of the 2018 ISSF World Cup Shotgun in Tucson, Arizona, USA – finishing atop of the overall medal standing of the word cup stage with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze out of five events.

Team USA 2, featuring Rio 2016 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist Corey Cogdell and her teammate Casey Wallace, finished atop of the podium with a total tally of 43 hits. Their teammates Kayle Browning and William Hinton (Team USA 1) took bronze with 32 hits, while it was Team France 2 that claimed today’s silver with 42 hits thanks to Sebastien Guerrero and Melanie Couzy (who another it to the bronze medal she won two days ago in the individual event).

Corey Cogdell said: “This is my first Trap Mixed Team medal, and it feels really great. To win it on our home range is amazing.”

Casey Wallace said: “It was great to have our teammates in the final. The more flags we can put atop of the flag poles, the better for us. World Championship is next for us, and we will try to build on the momentum we got here, and see what we can do in South Korea.”

“We will be a team together once again there – added Cogdell – we won that opportunity in our last selection match, and we are really looking forward to it.”

Today’s was also the last match of the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series. 1761 athletes from 105 nations took part in this year’s Series, that started last March in Guadalajara, Mexico, passing then through Changwon (KOR), Fort Benning (USA), Munich (GER) and Siggiewi (MLT), before coming to an end here in Tucson. This year there will be no ISSF World Cup Final, as the ISSF Executive Committee unanimously decided last year to reorganize the ISSF championships calendar, organizing the Final once every two years, to not conflict with the Olympic Games and the World Championship.

International shooters will now meet again at the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all shooting events, to be held in Changwon, South Korea, starting from the 31st of August 2018. The Championship will be the largest shooting competition of the year, where the first quota places for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be assigned.

2018 ISSF World Cup Shotgun: Salmi Beats Galvez At The Shoot-Off To Win Women’s Trap gold

Marika Salmi of Finland won her first world cup medal ever at today’s Trap Women Final, during the 2018 ISSF World Cup Shotgun in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

The 30-year old shooter, ranked 20th in the world, had only made it to the top-6 final match twice in her career before, at the 2017 ISSF World Championship in Moscow, and at the 2012 ISSF World Cup in London.

Today, the Finnish athlete walked out of the qualifications in 6th place, with 105 hits out of 125 targets. During the final, she scored 41 targets finishing atop of the scoreboard, tied to Spains’ 2015 World Champion Fatima Galvez.

Salmi won the following shoot-off for gold, collecting the brightest medal with a total tally of 41+2 hits, and leaving the silver to Galvez with 41+1 targets.

France’s Melanie Couzy, 28, also won her first world cup medal, today, as she collected the bronze with 31 hits.

On her way to the podium, the French shooter outscored the seconds Finnish finalist Noora Antikainen (4th with 25 hits) and San Marino’s Alessandra Perilli (5th with 21 hits).

Japan’s 4-time Olympian Yuke Nakayama was the first athlete to drop out of the match, as she closed the final in sixth place with 17 hits.

2018 ISSF World Cup Shotgun: Salmi Beats Galvez At The Shoot-Off To Win Women’s Trap gold

A total of 205 shooters from 39 nations are competing in the sixth and last ISSF World Cup stage of the season at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club from the 9th to the 19th of July.

After the women’s and men’s Skeet finals, and today’s Trap Women final, two more medal events are scheduled in the next days.

Tomorrow, the men’s Trap final will take place at 3.30 PM (GMT-7). After the first qualification day, Italy’s Erminio Frasca leads the pack with a perfect score of 50 hits out of 50 targets. Poland’s Piots Kowalczyk follows with 49 targets, while Alessandro De Souza Ferreira of Peru and Simone D’Ambrosio of Italy are tied in third and fourth place with 48 hits (click here for the complete results).