Shooting: 14 Nations Win Quota Places at Rifle/Pistol World Cup

The third rifle and pistol World Cup was held in Munich, Germany from May 26th to June 1st 2015. In total 24 quotas were up for grabs across the 10 events; 3 quotas for the air pistol and air rifle events and 2 for the other six.

The men’s 10m air rifle was won by Zhu Qinan of China whom despite having a relatively bad two final shots was still far enough ahead to win by 0.3 points over Russia’s Vladimir Maslennikov. However the quota spots went to third place Oleh Tsarkov of Ukraine, 2008 Olympic gold medalists Abhinav Bindra of India and Serbia’s Stevan Pletikosic whom could potentially compete in his sixth Olympics.

A world record in the qualification portion of the women’s 10m air rifle was set by China’s Chen Dongqi. Sadly she did not take that performance into the final as she finished in third. The winner went to her compatriot Yi Singlin. The Olympic quotas went to second place Valentina Gustin of Croatia, Olivia Hofmann of Austria and Nina Kreutzer of Germany.

Joao Costa of Portugal dominated the finals of the men’s 50m pistol where at one point he held a seven point lead over the entire field and even a 6.4 point misfired shot only made things interesting for a short time. The Olympic quotas went to third place Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan and Giuseppe Giordano of Italy.

The women’s 25m pistol behaves similarly to shotgun events where there is a semi-final and a direct showdown for medalists. The Olympic quotas were decided in the semifinals where Tanyaporn Prucksakorn of Thailand reached the finals and Yuliya Alipova of Russia reached the bronze medal match as the other two shooters have already qualified their places. The event was won by Zhang Jingjing of China who defeated Prucksakorn 7-1.

In the men’s 50m rifle prone the title came down to the final shot where Michael McPhail of the United States defeated France’s Cyril Graff by just 0.2 points. Despite losing Graff was able to pick up one of the two available Olympic quotas. The other quota went to fourth place Stefan Raser of Austria.

Germany’s Christian Reitz easily won the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event, winning over United States’ Keith Sanderson by 6 points. Along with Sanderson Russia’s Alexei Klimov won the two Olympic quotas in this event.

The women’s 50m rifle, 3 positions was won by Germany’s Barbara Engleder who won with a 6.5 lead. The Olympic quotas went to second place Yoo Seo Young of South Korea and Ukraine’s Natallia Kalnysh.

Portugal Joao Coast continues his excellent World Cup by winning his second gold medal in the men’s 10m air pistol event. The Olympic quotas went to third place winner Sun Yang of China, Gurpreet Singh of India and South Korea’s Lee Dae-myung.

While the women’s 10m air pistol was won by Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Boneva, the Olympic quotas were decided before the first shot was fired in the final. This was because only 3 eligible shooters reached the finals. They were Bobana Velickovic of Seriba, Guo Wenjun of China and Lydia Paterson of the United States.

The final event was the men’s 50m rifle, 3 positions. The event was won by Germany’s Andre Link who also won one of the quotas. The other quota was won by France’s Alexis Raynaud.

Overall 14 different nations won at least one quota with no nation winning more than two. While there is one more World Cup event the European Games, Pan American Games and the non-10m European Championship events will all take place before then. What this means is that for weaker European and Pan American nations they now know which nations from their continent they must beat in order to qualify. It also means that Asian nations will have a bit of an advantage going into the final World Cup event.

Quotas by Nation

  • Austria – 2
  • China – 2
  • France – 2
  • Germany – 2
  • India – 2
  • South Korea – 2
  • Russia – 2
  • Serbia – 2
  • Ukraine – 2
  • United States – 2
  • Croatia – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • Japan – 1
  • Thailand – 1

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