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Preview: Day 1 at the ISSF Rifle / Pistol World Cup in Munich

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Munich, GER

A preview of the competition's first two events--men's and women's 10m air rifle

The men's and women's 10m air rifle events will start the season's sixth World Cup stage in Munich, Germany tomorrow.


The first final will be the men's 10m air rifle at 1:30 pm (CEST); their female counterparts's will be competing at 5:00 pm.


Athletes will go through two relays to make the final. Men's will be from 08:45 am to 12:15 pm; women's from 1:15 pm to 3:50 pm. (See start lists: men - women.)


10m air rifle men


Once again, everyone is waiting for Yang Haoran. China's Youth Olympic champion, who ranks first in the world, will be the favorite to win tomorrow's event.


Yang, 19, is still looking for the first World Cup gold of his season, after he won silver in Changwon last April.


Russia's Nazar Louginets, who ranks just behind Yang worlwide, will be among the favorites.


Louginets, who will turn 26 next Sunday, could make himself a gift by winning his first World Cup gold this year.


So far in 2015, Louginets still hasn't made a podium--his best achievement was sixth place in Changwon.


Hungary's Peter Sidi, ranked third in the world, will make a tough opponent for Yang and Louginets.


Sidi, 36, has won gold at the first rifle and pistol competition earlier this season--there, he beat China's Yang and Zhu.


Tomorrow, Sidi will meet both Yang and Zhu.


Just two weeks after his gold medal in Fort Benning, Serbia's Milutin Stefanovic will be back on the range.


Stefanovic, who beat Yang in Fort Benning, had never won a World Cup gold before.


10m air rifle women


Serbia's Andrea Arsovic, 28, will try to win yet another gold after her success in Fort Benning two weeks ago.


Arsovic, who ranks first in the world, has been missing on the podium's highest step for two years--her last World Cup gold was in Fort Benning in 2103.


Ivana Maksimovic, Arsovic's teammate and an Olympic Silver Medalist, will raise Serbia's chances of making a medal.


Maksimovic, 25, has won a silver medal earlier in this season in Changwon.


India's 22-year-old Apurvi Chandela, who came in third behind Maksimovic in Changwon, will also run for a spot in the final tomorrow.


Chandela's bronze in Changwon was the first World Cup medal of her career.


China's highest hope in this event will be Yi Siling, a six-time World Cup gold medalist who ranks third worldwide.


Earlier this year, the 26-year-old Yi didn't take part in the World Cup stage in Changwon, and only came in 27th in Fort Benning.


Snjezana Pejcic, who won two gold medals last month in Changwon, will represent Croatia together with Valentina Gustin and Tanja Perec.


Pejcic, 32, ranks fourth worldwide.


Denmark's Stine Nielsen, who never won a gold as a senior, will be competing on the range where she first won a gold as a junior.


Ranked fifth worldwide, Nielsen had won a World Championship gold in Munich in 2010.


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Alessandro Ceschi