Germany, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine all qualified two shooters each at the 2015 25, 50, 300m and Shotgun European Championships. 1 to 3 quotas for a total of 21 were available across 10 events; the 10m pistol and rifle events are not held here while the men’s double trap offered no quotas. The quotas went to the top ranked athlete not yet qualified, respecting the maximum quota per event for a nation. The European Championships were held in Maribor, Slovenia from July 18th to August 1st 2015.
The women’s 50m rifle 3 position was decided by the final shot where Italy’s Petra Zublasing was unable to catch Serbia’s Ivana Maksimovic, losing by just 0.1. The three Olympic quotas went to Great Britain’s Jennifer McIntosh, Poland’s Agnieszka Nagay and Czech Republic’s Lucie Svecova.
In the men’s 50m rifle prone the final two shooters were Russians Sergey Kamenskiy and Sergei Kovalenko. Kolalenko was able to maintain his 1.2 lead to win the title and an Olympic quota with a score 209.2. The second quota went to fourth place Norbert Szabian of Hungary.
The semifinals for the men’s skeet was very tight as five shooters all finished with a score of 15, requiring a shoot-off. In the end it was Greece’s Ethimios Mitas and Italy’s Luigi Lodde which qualified to the final while Denmark’s Jesper Hansen and Eric Delaunay of France both qualified to the bronze medal match. In the final Lodde defeated Mitas 16-14 though Mitas received a quota to the Olympics. For the bronze medal Hansen defeated Delaunay 16-14 and likewise Delaunay also received a quota to the Olympics. The third quota went to 2000 Olympic gold medalist Mikola Milchev of Ukraine.
A shoot-off was also needed to decide the medal matches for the women’s 25m pistol as three shooters tied with a score of 16. Both Zsofia Csonka of Hungary and Viktoria Chaika of Belarus qualified to the final while Olena Kostevych of Ukraine was relegated to the bronze medal match along with 1988 Olympic gold medalist Nino Salukvadze of Georgia. Csonka was able to win the gold medal by winning 8-6 while Kostevych won the bronze medal with a score of 7-5. The two Olympic quotas went to Csonka and Salukvadze.
For the first time in 2016 a shooter which gained a quota to the Olympics did not reach the final round. In the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions Austria’s Gernot Rumpler finished 12th overall, but it was enough to grab one of the three quotas. The other two went to sixth place Milenko Sebic of Serbia and seventh place Michael Janker of Germany. The winner of the event was Russia’s Sergey Kamenskiy.
Only one quota was available for women’s skeet. In the semifinals a shoot-off was required to determine the second finalist and an Olympic quota was on the line because Slovakia’s Danka Bartekova had previously qualified. After a marathon shoot-off Germany’s Christine Wenzel defeated Cyprus’ Andri Eleftheriou 12-11. In the final Wenzel defeated Brtekova 16-14. Bronze went to Eleftheriou as she defeated her compatriot Panagiota Andreou 14-11.
In the men’s 50m pistol it was Portugal’s Joao Costa that won gold with a bit of luck. He was closest to elimination for the final three elimination stages, but decent shots combined with poor hits by his opponents meant he was able to survive and win. The two Olympic quotas went to silver medalist Francesco Bruno of Italy and bronze medalist Sergey Chervyakokskiy of Russia.
The final in the women’s trap was between Slovakia’s Zuzana Stefecekova and Russia’s Ekaterina Rabaya whom scored 14 and 13 respectively in the semifinals. In the final it was Stefecekova who won gold and the only Olympics quota, winning by a score of 11-8. The bronze medal went to Italy’s Jessica Rossi whom defeated France’s Delphine Reau 13-11.
The men’s 25m rapid fire pistol came down to the final set as both Germany’s Oliver Geis and Russia’s Alexei Klimov were tied. In the end Geis was able to outshoot Klimov to win the gold. The bronze went to Spain’s Jorge Llames. The single Olympic quota went to Ukraine’s Roman Bondaruk.
A shoot-off was required to determine the finalist for the men’s trap. It was Alberto Fernandez of Spain which defeated Slovenia’s Bostjan Macek in a grueling 14-13 match. In terms of Olympic quotas it did not matter as both shooters along with bronze medal match qualifier Stefano Selva of San Marino all won a spot to participate at the Olympics. In the final Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo defeated Fernandez in a shoot-off 6-5 after tying 15-15. The bronze medal went to Macek as he defeated Selva 13-12.
The opportunity for European nations to qualify is running out. All that remains is a World Cup event for some rifle and pistol events. The shotgun events have an additional World Championships while the 10m rifle and pistol European championships will be held in 2016.
Quotas by Nation
- Germany – 2
- Hungary – 2
- Russia – 2
- Ukraine – 2
- Austria – 1
- Czech Republic – 1
- France – 1
- Georgia – 1
- Great Britain – 1
- Greece – 1
- Italy – 1
- Poland – 1
- San Marino – 1
- Serbia – 1
- Slovakia – 1
- Slovenia – 1
- Spain – 1
- SIUS. 2015 European Championship 25, 50, 300m, Shotgun Maribor Results. Access on August 1 2015.
- ISSF. Quota Places by Nation and Name. Access on August 1 2015.