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Preview: Day 4 at the ISSF Rifle / Pistol World Cup in Munich

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Munich, GER

Women's 50m rifle 3 positions, men's 10m air pistol

Tomorrow will be the second-last competition day at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, Germany. Finals will take place for two events--the women's 50m rifle 3 positions (11:30 am CEST) and the men's 10m air pistol (13:15).


The women's 50m rifle 3 positions event has undergone its elimination stage today in two relays. Tomorrow, from 8:45 am to 10:30 am, a qualification round will determine the finalists.


Two qualification relays, scheduled tomorrow at 8:45 am and 11:00 am, will also decide who will run for medals at the men's 10m air pistol.


WOMEN'S 50M RIFLE 3 POSITIONS


Relay 1


Yoo Seo Young of the Republic of Korea, 19, set a new Junior World Record as she came in first (592 - 31x). She also equalled the World Record.


In the three times she took part in a World Cup, Yoo has never made a podium--she came in 27th and 31th at Fort Benning 2013, and 38th last month in Changwon.


Serbia's Ivana Maksimovic, a London 2012 Olympic Silver, followed Yoo in second place (588 - 30x)--her teammate Andrea Arsovic came in seventh (581 - 27x).


China's Chang Jing, who won a gold medal and set a new World Record in Fort Benning, came in third (587 - 22x).


Fort Benning bronze medalist Barbara Engleder of Germany came in tenth (579 - 25x).


Germany's Beate Gauss, who ranks third in the world, came in 14th (578 - 24x).


Gauss, despite winning two gold medals at last year's World Championship in Granada, has never won a World Cup gold.


Relay 2


World-number-one Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia came atop the scoreboard (587 - 30x).


Pejcic has already won two gold medals earlier this season in Changwon--there, she also set a new Final World Record of 463.0.


The 20-year-old of Denmark Astrid Steffensen took second place (587 - 24x).


Steffensen, who has mostly competed as a junior, is at her second World Cup appearance.


Another young athlete closed the top 3--the 21-year-old of Russia Yulia Karimova.


Karimova has only took part in a World Cup once before--last year in Fort Benning, where she also set a new Junior Final World Record (413.7).


Adela Sykorova, a London 2012 Olympic Bronze, came in fourth (582 - 29x).


Austria's Lisa Ungerank, who had won her first World Cup gold two years ago in Munich, came in 14th (579 - 24x).


Ungerank has never made another World Cup podium after winning at Munich 2013.


Sykorova hasn't won a World Cup gold in the past two years.


The 21-year-old of Norway Malin Westerheim, who ranks fifth worldwide, only came in 28th (574 - 20x).


Westerheim is still looking for the first World Cup gold of her career after she won a bronze medal at last year's World Championship.


Changwon bronze medalist Selina Gschwandtner came in 19th (577 - 27x).


The 21-year-old of Germany has won the European Championship in Arnhem earlier this season. Now, Gschwandtner will be looking for her first World Cup gold.


MEN'S 10M AIR PISTOL


Jin Jongoh, the world's best pistol shooter who won both World Cup stages so far this season, won't be there tomorrow.


India's Jitu Rai, a bronze medalist in Changwon, will try to climb all the way up the podium this time.


Rai has won a World Cup gold last year in Maribor.


Fort Benning bronze medalist Joao Costa of Portugal, who has won gold in yesterday's 50m pistol, will be aiming at his third medal in two weeks.


Turkey's Yusuf Dikec, who ranks second worldwide, will be shooting at the same range where he won his only World Cup gold back four years ago.


Dikec won two World Championship gold medals last year--the 25m standard pistol, and the 25m center fire pistol.


Vladimir Gontcharov's last World Cup gold was six years ago in Munich.


The 38-year-old of Russia, who ranks fourth worldwide, will try to get back atop the same podium.


China's Pang Wei, a Beijing 2008 Olympic Gold, has never won a World Cup.


The 28-year-old Pang will continue his quest for the gold in the range where he got the closest to it--he won a silver medal at the Munich World Cup in 2009.


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Alessandro Ceschi