Final 10m Air Pistol Women

10m Air Pistol Women – Klimova claimed the World Cup

ISSF World Cup Final Rifle / Pistol · Munich, GER

The first Gold medal of the 2010 ISSF World Cup Final went to Russia's Kira Klimova, winner of the 10m Air Pistol Women event.

The 10m Air Pistol Women event opened the 2010 ISSF World Cup Final in Rifle and Pistol events in Munich, the conclusive World Cup stage of the 2010 seasons.


This was the first final round to take place with the new warm-up and athletes presentation rules. The athletes performed their preparation, sighting time and warm-up, and then they put their pistol down and turned their faces to the spectators, to be presented by the speakers. The first competition shot followed immediately after.


It was Russia’s Kira Klimova to win the 10m Air Pistol Women title. The 27-year old shooter, qualified thanks to a Silver medal won at this year’s World Cup Stage of Fort Benning (USA), placed in first with a total score of 484,7 points.


Qualified in third with 384 points, the Russian shooter climbed up the scoreboard by marking 100.7 points throughout the final round, ending up on the highest step of the podium with a 0.7 points advantage on the Silver medallist, Belarus’ Viktoria Chaika, second with 484.0 points.


Chaika and Klimova fought throughout the first part match, shooting neck and neck since the first competition shot. It was after the fifth shot that Klimova moved up in the lead, thanks to an excellent 10.5 that lifted her on the highest step of the podium.


This has been “the best season” of Klimova’s sport career. Starting from the ISSF World Cup Stage in Fort Benning, where she claimed two Silver medals, she has been climbing up the world ranking, winning the 25m Pistol Women World Title last August, and closing her extraordinary year with today’s 10m Air Pistol Women World Cup.


France’s Celine Goberville (24-year old) winner of the last World Cup stage of the year in Belgrade, placed in third today, securing the Bronze medal with a total score of 483.3 points. Making it into the final in sixth place with 382 points, the young athlete climbed the scoreboard up to the podium by firing the final’s highest score, 101.3 points.


She was followed by the winner of this year’s World Cup stage held in Fort Benning, Kazakhstan’s Zauresh Baibussinova. Baibussinova had started the final match in the lead, with a qualification score of 387 points and a one-point head start on her followers. Kicking-off the final match with a 9.9 shot, the Kazakh shooter lost her advantage on the followers. But it was the second competition shot that pulled her down to the mid of the scoreboard. Firing a frustrating 8.1, the Kazakh shooter landed indeed in fourth place, where she eventually closed the match with a total score of 482.8 points.


Russia’s Liubov Yaskevich, 25, placed in fifth with 480.5 points, followed by this year’s World Champion, the 23-year old Serbian shooter Zorana Arunoivic, who kicked-off her World Cup Final in fourth place, with 383 points, ending then in sixth with 479.9 points.


The 2004 Olympic Champion of Athens, Olena Kostevych of Ukraine, and Australia’s Lalita Yauhleuskaya, closed the match in seventh and eight place, respectively.

Marco Dalla Dea


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