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Estonian 25m Pistol Lapua European Cup started – Ruslan Lunev superior in Centre Fire Pistol

The Estonian 25m Pistol Lapua European Cup started with 25m Centre Fire Pistol competition in Männiku Shooting Centre. Azerbaijan Ruslan Lunev was superior and won the whole competition with result 588 (293+295).

The first competition (Centre Fire Pistol) of the 25m Pistol Lapua European Cup was competed in very hot weather in Tallinn. After the Precision stage French Alban Pierson was leading with top level result 294. Azerbaijan Ruslan Lunev was only 1 point behind Pierson. Estonian Peeter Olesk, Latvian Lauris Strautsmanik and French Yann Fridric shot 291 results.

The Rapid Fire Stage changed the situation. Unfortunately French Alban Pierson, who was leading, did not managed in Rapid Fire Stage. He shot the result 283 and dropped on the fifth place. Azerbaijan Ruslan Lunev shot awesome result (295) and climbed up to the top podium place before Estonian Peeter Olesk with the difference of 5 points. The result of Olesk was 583. Finnish Marko Talvitie was 13th after the precision stage with result 283, but he made a splendid shooting in Rapid Fire Stage with result 296 and he won the bronze medal wit result 579.

The COVID-19 has changed the world a lot and many competitions have been canceled or postponed, but now the situation slowly looks to settle down.

- I’m very happy that we managed to have a new country (Lithuania) among us and so many athletes into this Lapua Cup after the difficult COVID-19 time. The 1st Ranno Krusta Memorial Competition before Lapua Cup was a success and now this Lapua Cup has full filled our expectations, told the Competition Director and the Secretary General of Estonian Shooting Sport Federation Meelis Loit.

The French Team won the team competition with result 1728. It was superior and won Estonian team 1with the difference of 11 points (1717). Latvia was third with result 1715. The French team consisted of Alban Pierson (577), Kevin Chapon (576), and Florian Fouquet (575).

The Lapua Cup will continue tomorrow with Standard Pistol Competition.

Risto Aarrekivi

Photo: Marko Leppä

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