Shooting: Europe and Asia Secure Spots After Shotgun World Championships

Wins in the men and women’s skeet gave the United States the overall lead in the medal table, but in terms of Olympic qualification it was an all-European and Asian affair at the 2015 World Shotgun Championships. The two highest ranked eligible athletes, as in athletes not already qualified and their nation have not previously qualified two spots in the event from the five shotgun events will be given quotas to compete. The World Shotgun Championships were held in Lonato, Italy from September 9th to September 18th 2015.

The women’s trap required a six person shoot-off to determine the final athlete for the semifinals. The shoot-off was won by Spain’s Fatima Galvez causing the other five eligible athletes to be eliminated. The first quota was decided in the semifinals where Russia’s Elena Tkach qualified to the final along with Galvez. Galvez would go on to win the gold medal by defeating Tkach 11-9. The second quota was determined from the bronze medal match between Egypt’s Maggy Ashmawy and North Korea’s Pak Yong Hui. The bronze medal and Olympic spot went to Pak as she defeated Ashmawy in a dominant 12-6 win.

The Olympic quotas for the men’s trap were decided during the qualification round as only Khaled Al-Mudhaf of Kuwait and Belgium’s Maxime Mottet were the only two eligible athletes to reach the semifinals. The final between Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo and Slovakia’s Erik Varga required a shoot-off after a 12-12 tie. Varga was able to win the shoot-off and the gold medal with a score of 2-1. The bronze medal went to Maxime Mottet as he defeated Alberto Fernandez of Spain 13-11.

Five women vied for the final semi-final spot in the women’s skeet, but it was Germany’s Christine Wenzel that won the shoot-off. While it was unfortunate for Libuse Jahodova of the Czech Republic and Cyprus’ Andri Eletheriou they can take solace of the fact of just reaching a shoot-off was enough to give them the two quotas. The final was an all United States affair where Morgan Craft defeated her compatriot Caitlin Connor 15-13. China’s Wei Ning won the bronze medal over Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit of Thailand, winning 15-13.

A shoot-off was required to decide which two of three men qualified to the semifinals of the men’s double trap. Sadly for Malta’s William Chetcuti he was the odd man out as Kuwait’s Ahmad Al-Afasi and United States Walton Eller were able to outlast him. The first quota was decided when Great Britain’s Tim Kneale qualified to the final. He was however, unable to win the gold medal as Russia’s Vasily Mosin defeated him by a score of 29-26. The second quota required a shoot-off in the bronze medal match to be decided as both Al-Afasi and Australia’s James Willett tied 24-24. Al-Afasi was able to give Kuwait its second quota of the championship by defeating Willett 4-3 in the shoot-off.

The highlight of the competition happened in the men’s skeet where France’s Anthony Terras equalled the world record by scoring a perfect 125. While India’s Mairaj Khan and Germany’s Ralf Buchheim lost in the shoot-off to reach the semifinals it was still enough for them to receive the two Olympic quotas. The final between Terras and United States’ Vincent Hancock required a shoot-off as both athletes finished with a perfect 16. Hancock was able to take the gold medal after he won the shoot-off 8-7. Italy’s Gabriele Rossetti won the bronze medal by defeating Denmark’s Jesper Hansen 15-14.

This was the final opportunity for nations from Europe and Pan America to qualify quotas to the Olympics in shotgun events. As for the other continents they will all have one more opportunity to qualify at their continental qualifier.

Quotas by Nation

  • Kuwait – 2
  • Belgium – 1
  • Cyprus – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Great Britain – 1
  • India – 1
  • North Korea – 1
  • Russia – 1

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