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ISSF World Cup Final Day 5: Skeet and Rifle Prone finals closed the competition

ISSF World Cup Final Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Gabala, AZE

Skeet Women, Skeet Men and 50m Rifle Prone Men finals were staged during the last day of the 2014 ISSF World Cup Final in Gabala.

The last day of competitions of the 2014 ISSF World Cup Final in Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun events held in Gabala, Azerbaijan, has been the stage of three great final matches.

The day started off with the Skeet Women final, which was postponed yesterday afternoon due to the fog that reduced the visibility down to a few meters. Albina Shakirova of the Russian Federation won the title, beating Wei Meng of the People's Republic of China in the Gold medal match. Shakirova (27) scored 15 out of 16 targets in the semi-final, and then outdid Slovakia's Danka Bartekova in a shoot-off to advance to the medal match. In spite of the difficult weather conditions (again the fog, with cold rain in addition) the Russian shooter hit 15 targets once again, outscoring the 25-year old Chinese finalist Wei who closed the match in second place with 11 hits. Bartekova followed them, clinching the Bronze with 15 hits after beating Italy's Diana Bacosi, fourth with 12 hits in the medal match.

 

Germany's Daniel Brodmeier, who arrived here in Gabala after winning a Silver medal at the 2014 ISSF World Championship one month ago, finished in the spotlights once again by winning the 50m Rifle Prone Men event with 210.5 points. The 27-year old German athlete had already finished upon the same World Cup Final podium two days ago, as he had claimed the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Silver medal. Today, he was followed by China's Zhao Shengbo, Silver with 208.5 points, and by his teammate Henri Junghaenel, who came here to defend the title he had won in Munich last year, and then walked out of the competition with 187.9 points and the Bronze medal.

 

The Skeet Men final closed the last day of Gabala. Jin Di claimed China's 14th World Cup Final medal, the third Gold, and he did it an epic way. After passing through the semi-final with 15 hits, he met Egypt's Azmy Mehelba in the Gold medal match. Both the athletes completed the series with a perfect score of 16 hits, and the shoot-off that followed is going to be remembered in the history of shooting sport. Jin and Mehelba cleared 21 shoot-off targets - more than what they got to shoot in the medal match - before the Gold could be assigned. That occurred when Mehelba missed his 22nd clay and Jin hit it, securing his first world cup title in career. The recently-crowned Skeet world champion, Alexander Zemlin of the Russian Federation, joined them on the podium, as he beat Stefan Nilsson of Sweden in the Bronze medal match by 16 to 14 hits.

Marco Dalla Dea

 

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