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The first season of the ESC Air Cup - competitions among individual shooters in Air Pistol and Air Rifle that started in October of 2016 - has come to the end. 244 shooters from ten European countries took part in it. The competitions were very tight. In all four events only several points separated the top three placed athletes.

The biggest participation was in the Pistol Men event. 101 shooters from 24 clubs of Bulgaria, France, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland took part in, at least, one stage. 61 athletes managed to take part in four or five stages to comply with the main condition in determining the final ranking. The best total score - 2316 points - was achieved by Steve Demierre from "Arquebuse Geneve" club (Switzerland). Samuil Donkov from sports club "AP Sport" (Bulgaria) scored 2312 point and won the second place. Per Anders Lander from "Kungl. Vaermlands Regementes SF" (Sweden) finished third with 2306 points.

54 shooters from 20 clubs of Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland took part in Rifle Men events. Exactly half of the participants took part in four or five stages. The winner and the runner-up belong to the same Bulgarian club "AKS Trakia". Anton Rizov, participant of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio-de-Janeiro, scored 2502,7 points, 16-years old Plamen Emilov - 2443,3 points. Zeljko Tomovic from "Centar Podgorica" club (Montenegro) finished third with 2441,9 points.

All three top places in Rifle Women event belong to Bulgarian shooters. Tanya Zviskova from "AKS Trakia" scored 1670,7 points, Victoria Ivancheva from "AP Sport" scored 1664,4 points, Neli Taneva from "AKS Trakia" scored 1663,2 points. There were 48 participants in this event representing 13 clubs from Bulgaria, Hungary, Montenegro, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. 19 shooters took part in four or five stages.

Celine and Sandrine Goberville from the French club "Astir Creil" finished on top of the final ranking in the Pitol Women event. Celine scored 1548 points, Sandrine - 1523 points. The third result (1495 points) also belongs to a French shooter - 15-years old Camille Jedrzejewski from "Noyon PM Tir" club. There were 41 participants in this event and 25 of them took part in, at least, four stages.

The top three shooters in each event will be awarded with the ESC Diplomas. It is interesting to mention that most of them were among participants of the recent European Championship 10m in Maribor, Slovenia, and with only one exception they are part of the current ESC Ranking.

The complete results of the ESC AIR CUP 2016-2017 season can be found here.

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