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Estonian Peeter Olesk for the victory in Lapua European Cup Center Fire Pistol at his home range Männiku

Peeter Olesk won the 25m Center Fire Pistol Men in Lapua European Cup in Männiku Shooting Range in Tallinn Estonia. This Lapua European Cup is the first international competition after the Сovid-19 virus.

Peeter Olesk made the victory with a marvelous top level result 589. That result is also equal Estonian record. Silver shot Finnish Jan Parhiala (578 – 16 inner tens) and bronze Parhiala’s team mate Joonas Kallio with the same result 578, but he had one inner ten less than Parhiala.

"It is great to back again at the range and compete. It so nice to see other friends and athletes. I was excited and stressed. I have missed this a lot. Last week end we had national championships and it was more exciting. Today it was a little bit easier. Great feeling anyway. I wish we can continue, it is difficult to say what will happen but the focus is still in Olympic quota. I’ll concentrate into that now and the last opportunity is in Finland, so we’ll meet at least again", told Peeter Olesk after the final.

Silver Medalist Finnish Jan Parhiala was satisfied for his performance.

"I relaxed the beginning of this week and looked to help. I came here to do what I can and I did it. I have been training quite a lot, but we have to rest", also reminded Parhiala.

The team competition won hosting country Estonia 1 with result 1727. The Team consisted of Peeter Olesk (294+295=589), Fred Raukas (282+288=570) and Reijo Virolainen (282+286=568). Second was Finland 2 (Parhiala 578, Antti Jokinen 569 Joonas Knuuti 565) with result 1712. Third was Finland 1 (1712) and fourth Latvia 1 with result 1708. The result of Estonian team is a new Estonian record.

The Lapua European Cup continues tomorrow with 25m Standard Pistol Men.

The awarding ceremony of today’s competition will be later in the evening at the banquet which is offered by the Estonian Shooting Sport Federation.

Photos can be found here.

Risto Aarrekivi

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