Shooting: Egypt Leads The Way At African Championship

Egypt was able to win gold medals in 8 out of the 15 events at the 2015 African Shooting Championship. The highest ranked eligible athlete from each of the 15 events was given a quota to compete at the Olympics. The African Shooting Championships was held in Cairo, Egypt from November 30th to December 6th 2015.

Egypt showed off its powerhouse status by winning 10 out of the 15 quotas. The events which they won in were men’s 50m rifle 3 positions, men’s 50m rifle prone, men’s 50m pistol, men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, men’s 10m air pistol, men’s trap, men’s skeet, women’s 50m rifle 3 positions, women’s 10m air rifle and women’s 10m air pistol.

As a reminder in order to win your nation a quota you must score at least the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) during qualification. This meant second place Ahmed Darwish of Egypt and his compatriot third place Abdel Aziz Mehelba won quotas in the men’s 50m rifle prone and men’s trap respectively because the shooters ranked ahead of them did not achieve the MQS. This also meant that no one won a quota in the women’s skeet as the athletes were not able to achieve the status. The quota will be reallocated to a nation not yet qualified on a later date.

The other four quota places went to four different nations, namely from the performances of Chafik Bouaouid of Algeria in the men’s 10m air rifle, Michael Nicholson of Zimbabwe in the men’s double trap, Olfa Charni of Tunisia in the women’s 25m pistol and Gaby Ahrens of Namibia in the women’s trap.

This was the final opportunity for athletes in Africa to qualify to the Olympics. Currently only the Asian Olympic qualifiers and the 10m European Championships remain as Olympic qualification events in shooting.

 

Quotas by Nation

  • Egypt – 10
  • Algeria – 1
  • Namibia – 1
  • Tunisia – 1
  • Zimbabwe – 1

 

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