Shooting: 12 Nations Qualify After European Games

The final direct qualifier to the Olympics at the inaugural European Games is shooting. The highest ranked non-qualified athlete from each event will be given a spot to compete at the Olympics, provided it does not interfere with the maximum quota a nation can obtain. The 2015 European Games are currently being held in Baku, Azerbaijan and will be held from June 12th to June 28th 2015.

Overall 12 nations qualified an athlete with three qualifying two athletes; France (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions and women’s 50m rifle 3 positions), Russia (men’s trap and men’s double trap) and Switzerland (women’s 10m air rifle and women’s 25m pistol). The European Games was a bit of a relief for Switzerland as the nation had one of the largest number of athletes with the Minimum Qualification Scores (MQS) and not an Olympic quota. With that monkey of their back the only European nation without an Olympic quota, but a large number of MQS athletes is Poland.

The other quotas went to Belarus (women’s 10m air pistol), Germany (men’s 50m rifle prone), Great Britain (women’s skeet), Israel (men’s 10m air rifle), San Marino (women’s trap), Slovakia (men’s 50m pistol), Spain (men’s 25m rapid fire pistol), Sweden (men’s skeet) and Ukraine (men’s 10m air pistol). Notable athletes that qualified their nations were 2004 Olympic gold and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Aleksey Alipov of Russia, 2014 Youth Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hornung of Switzerland and 2014 Youth Olympic gold medalist Pavlo Korostylov of Ukraine.

The overall competition at the European Games was quite good. Among the Olympic events Italy won the most medals with 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze. It was however Serbia that won the most gold medals, winning in four different events. Russia and Germany also won multiple gold medals with two apiece. Overall 20 nations won at least 1 medal including small nations like San Marino (women’s trap).

The next qualifying events for Europe is split. For the non-10m events the next qualifying event will be the European Championships because the 10m events have their own European Championships to be held in 2016. This makes the next competition for the 10m events the ISSF World Cup.

Quotas by Nation

  • France – 2
  • Russia – 2
  • Switzerland – 2
  • Belarus – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Great Britain – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • San Marino – 1
  • Slovakia – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Sweden – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

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