Preview: Day 3 at the ISSF Rifle / Pistol World Cup in Munich (live)

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Munich, GER

Qualifications for both events are underway

Finals for the men's 50m rifle prone and 25m rapid fire pistol will take place tomorrow, day 3 of the season's sixth World Cup stage in Munich, Germany.

The 50m rifle prone final will be at 10:30 am (CEST); the 25m rapid fire pistol's, at 4 pm.

Qualifications for both events have started today.

Both elimination relays for the men's 50m rifle prone have just closed (see results). The qualification stage will be tomorrow from 8:45 am to 9:35 am (see start list).

The first qualification stage for the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event was today (see results). The second stage will be tomorrow from 9 am to 3 pm.

Men's 50m rifle prone

Relay 1

Serbia's Stevan Pletikosic, a bronze medalist at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, --a qualification round will also follow.

Pletikosic closed on a score of 628.7 points.

Brazil's Leonardo Moreira, who has never won a World Cup medal, came in second--just 0.6 points behind Pletikosic.

Israel's Sergey Richtery, a World Cup gold in Munich six years ago, scored 627.6 points to follow Moreira in third place.

Michael McPhail of the USA, who ranks third worldwide, came in fifth (627.2). McPhail has just won a gold medal at the latest World Cup stage in Fort Benning.

Russia's Sergey Kamenskiy, the World Cup title holder, came in sixth (627.1). Ukraine's Serhiy Kulish, a Youth Olympic Bronze Medalist at Singapore 2010, came in 10th (625.9).

Yury Shcherbatsevich of Belarus, who ranks sixth worldwide, was only 35th (619.7).

Relay 2

Matthew Emmons of the USA, a three-time Olympic medallist, was in the lead after the two elimination stages (630.2).

Emmons has just won a gold medal in Fort Benning, where he also secure a Rio 2016 quota.

Denmark's Torben Grimmel, whose last World Cup gold was in Milan in 2008, came in second just 1.9 points behind Emmons (628.3).

World-number-one Warren Potent came in third (627.8). Potent is a 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist who also won gold at last year's World Championship in Granada, along with an Olympic quota.

Eric Uptagrafft, who hasn't won a World Cup gold in 11 years, came in fourth (625.4). Tomorrow he will shoot on the same range where he won the World Cup Final title in 2005.

Germany's Henri Junghaenel, a 2013 Shooter of the Year, came in 21st (622.7). Junghaenel won a bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup Final in Gabala.

India's Gagan Narang, who ranks fourth worldwide, only came in 31th (620.4). Narang won bronze at the London Olympics in 2008, but hasn't made any World Cup podium since.

Men's 25m rapid fire pistol

The first qualification stage is running till 7 pm. You can follow the results live here.

Among the most relevant athletes is Germany's Christian Reitz, a 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist  ranked fourth in the world. Reitz has won bronze medal last month in Fort Benning too.

Also from Germany, Oliver Geis will try to follow up on his gold in Fort Benning. Then, Geis also secured an Olympic quota place.

China's Li Yuehong, who ranks third in the world, will be looking for a gold medal that he has been missing for two years. Li was a bronze medalist at the World Championship last year in Granada.

He has never won a World Cup gold, although he ranks seventh worldwide--Martin Strnad of the Czech Republic will be looking for his first success in Munich. He was very close to the podium in Fort Benning--he came in fourth.

Last year Keith Sanderson of the USA won gold in Fort Benning after undergoing arm surgery. Sanderson hasn't made any medal since, and will try to get back on the podium.

Cuba's Leuris Pupo, an Olympic Gold at London 2012, will try to repeat his Fort Benning performance--which had earned him a silver medal.

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Alessandro Ceschi