Germany's Junghaenel again on the podium at the 50m Rifle 3 Position final
Henri Junghaenel made it again.The 25-year old German shooter made it to podium of the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men event, the last match of the 2013 ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea, pocketing his second Gold medal after his victory at the 50m Rifle Prone men final, three days ago.
Junghaenel once again proved to be comfortable with the new ISSF rules, which dramatically changed the shape of the three positions event.
With the new rules, qualification scores are not carried forward into the final, and all the three positions are conducted in the final. Starting with the Kneeling position, the medal match continues then with the Prone. Then, moving on to the Standing position, eliminations start, and the shooters with the lowest score have to leave the match after every series.
The Changing Time is an additional challenge: shooters get seven minutes to change from Kneeling to Prone, and nine minutes to change from Prone to Standing. Adding pressure, the Changing Time includes the sighting time. Therefore, fast shooter who changes faster has more sighting time at his disposal.
The German winner made it to the final with the fourth qualification score (1158 points), and then scored 452.9 points during the final, to finish atop of the podium. In spite of being always the last one to settle in position, and in spite of having relatively no experience with the new format, Junghaenel seemed to be unbeatable here in Changwon.
On his way to the brightest medal, Junghaenel met and defeat Russia's Fedor Vlasov, 28, who finished in second place securing Silver with 452.4 points, pocketing his first ISSF medal ever.
Today's Bronze finished around the neck of the Serbian expert Nemanja Mirosavljev, who led the qualification and then suffered the new final format. Qualified with 1162 points, he shot 442.3 points in the final to finish in third.
Switzerland's Marcel Buerge, who led the match throughout the kneeling and prone series, finished in fourth after the Standing position. The 41-year old shooter scored a total of 430.6 points. Following him, Alezandre Sokolov of Russia placed fifth with 420.5 points, while Hungary's champion Peter Sidi placed sixth with 409.4 points.
The second Swiss finalist, Claude Alain Delley, and Russia's Konstantin Prikhodtchenko closed the match in seventh and eighth place with 394.4 and 391.5 points, respectively.
RESULTS - 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men
1. JUNGHAENEL Henri
2. VLASOV Fedor
3. MIROSAVLJEV Nemanja