The winners of Trap Team Finals: Italy, Finland and Russia
Italy won two gold medals and Finland and Russia one gold medal in the Trap Team Finals of the European Championship Shotgun. Italy got a medal in all four categories: Men, Women, Men Junior and Women Junior.
The European Championship Shotgun continued on Sunday at the “Trap Concaverde” Shooting Range in Lonato. It was a day of the Trap Team finals (QF-SF-MM).
The top eight teams (3 members each team) in the Men, Women, Men Junior and Women Junior categories, after the qualification stage competed in a final stage with Quarter Final, Semi Final and two Medal Matches, to decide the European Championship top 3 teams (Gold, Silver, Bronze) in each category.
In each stage was shot a normal round of 25 targets (each team total of 75 targets).
The weather conditions seem to change now every day: Friday heavy rain, Saturday sunshine, and again on Sunday rain and wind. Luckily the heavy rain stopped early afternoon.
After the qualification the top eight teams were Croatia (354), Slovakia (352), Italy (352), Portugal (347), Slovenia (346), Spain (345), France (344) and Cyprus (339).
Italy took the European Championship after hitting 62/75 targets. Croatia´s result was 54, and they got the silver medal. After 15 targets the score was 10-10, and when 45 targets was shot, Italy was leading 38-32. After 60 shots the score was 50-49.
Portugal and France were in the bronze medal match. France took the third place, and Portugal finished fourth.
There were seven teams in Trap Women team competition. The ranking after the qualification was Italy (342), Spain (332), Finland (323), France (321), Great Britain (315), Germany (313) and Slovakia (306).
Italy was leading the gold medal match after 45 targets (34-33). The match was exciting: the teams were even after 60 targets (46-46). Italians shot the last targets one hit better and finished number one by one point (58-57).
Great Britain won the bronze medal after a close match against Finland. Great Britain won by two points (53-51).
There were eight teams in Trap Men Junior. After the qualification Italy was on the top with the result of 339. It was followed by Great Britain (338), Czech Republic (328) and Finland (323). Russia was the fifth (323), Slovakia the sixth (303) and Germany the seventh (302). Slovenia hit 291 targets and was the eighth.
Finland was very strong in the gold medal match. They didn´t leave any questions who was the best today: the final result was 59-44. Finnish team took the lead right in the beginning and did very well all the way. Finland was leading by 8 points after 30 targets, and by 11 points after 45 targets.
Italy and Slovakia met in the bronze medal match. Italy took the lead after 45 targets (38-32), and after 60 targets the score was 48-44. The final result was for Italy 58-54.
After the qualification the ranking of the five teams was: Italy (322), Russia (314), Great Britain (305), Czech Republic (299) and Germany (293).
Russia beat Germany in the gold medal match by one point: 59-58. It was an exciting match because Russia was leading by 7 points after 30 targets. 15 targets more, and Russia´s lead was 5 points. After 60 targets Germany was only one point behind (49-48), and when only three targets left, Italy and Russia both had 57 points.
In the bronze medal match Italy beat Great Britain by nine points, 55-46.
The ECH in Lonato continues on Monday with the competition of Trap Mixed Team (M-W-MJ-WJ).
About 400 athletes, including Juniors, from 44 nations take part in the ECH competition.
Results can be found here.
Photos can be found here.
Videos can be found here.
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