Maslennikov – strong performance brought gold
The Air Rifle was the last individual competition for men that competed in 10m ECH in Hotel Habakuk in Maribor. There were 67 athletes who participated into the Qualification competition. Vladimir Maslennikov won the qualification. His shooting was superior for sure. After the first 5 shots he took the top place and did not give it up. His winning result was 247.7 which is new World and European Record. He won with the difference of 2.8 point Ukrainian Oleh Tsarkov. The bronze medal winner was Alexis Raynaud from France who passed Italian Giuseppe Pio Capano during the 18th shot and won bronze medal with the difference 0.1 point before Capano who was finally fourth.Before the two last shots Maslennikov was leading by 2.4 points and that kind of leading is quite a lot in rifle. Maslennikov shot 10.5 and 10.4. and Tsarkov was beaten.
«I’m training a lot and preparing a lot for this Championship and I wanted to win very much a medal from this Championship while my last your position was fourth. And that was my only goal from this Championship. I follow the situation all the time from monitor and I didn’t have any reason to hesitate. Everything went today like in training. Next competition for is Munich Word Cup in which I start now to prepare». When asking Tokyo 2020 he only smiled mysteriously and answered: «There is a long road to go».
In the team competition Russian Federation took the highest podium place by winning gold with result 1878.5. Serbia won silver (1869.2) before Germany (1868.5). The Russian team consisted of Vladimir Maslennikov, Sergey Kamenskiy and Evgeny Panchenko.
Kizyma to gold in Running Target Mixed Men Junior
Running Target Mixed Junior Men. European Champion title was won by Ihor Kizyma from Ukraine, silver goes to Maksym Babushok also from Ukraine and bronze was won by Valerii Davidov from Russian Federation and Espen Teppdalen Nordsveen from Norway.
In the Running Target Mixed Junior Men Team competition European Champions title was won by Ukraine, silver goes to Russian Federation and bronze to Hungary. The winning team consisted of Ihor Kizyma, Maksym Babushok and Danylo Danilenko.
Veronika Major won her third personal gold medal in the 10m Running Target Mixed Competition. Her winning result was 378 and she beat Russian Anna Kostina (363) by fifteen points.The bronze medal winner was Viktoriia Stetsiura from Ukraine (355).
European Team Champion title was won by Russian Federation, silver goes to Ukraine and bronze to Hungary. The Russian team consisted of Anna Kostina Ksniia Anufrieva and Natalia Pochatkova
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