Rio 2016 preview: 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men and Skeet Men

XXXI Olympic Games · Rio de Janeiro, BRA

On the second-to-last day of the Olympic Shooting schedule the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men and the Skeet Men event will deliver their medals.

Alongside the men’s 50m Rifle Prone and the women’s Skeet, two more Olympic Shooting events kicked-off today at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Deodoro.


After the first three series of the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol the leader of the World Ranking Zhang Fusheng of the People’s Republic of China is currently in 4th position, bested by Germany’s Christian Reitz, who finished 1st with 296 points, France’s Jean Quiquampoix, 2nd with 293, and Ukraine’s Pavlo Korostylov, 3rd also with 293.


Italian Pistol shooter Riccardo Mazzetti, the current holder of the World Record, is also among the top-six shooters after day 1. He scored 292 points and he stands in 5th position, behind the leader of the World Ranking Zhang Fusheng of the People’s Republic of China, 4th with 292 points.


In the Skeet Men event, Marcus Svensson of Sweden crushed all of today’s 75 targets, claiming the top of the standings after the first day of qualifications.


Svensson, who secured the World Cup Gold medal at this year’s Olympic test event in Rio, is followed by Abdullah Alrashidi with 74 hits, Independent Olympic Athlete, Egypt’s Azmy Mehelba,

Ukraine’s Mikola Milchev and Sweden’s Stefan Nilsson, respectively 3rd, 4th and 5th all with 74 points.


The title defenders of the two events are currently out of the qualifying positions, as Cuba’s Pistol shooter Leuris Pupo is placed in 8th position with 290 points; while United States’ Vincent Hancock, the two time men’s Skeet Olympic Gold medallist in 2008 and 2012, is currently placed 12th with 71 target hits.


The finals of the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men will start at 12:30 PM (UTC-3), while the Skeet Men semifinal is scheduled to take place at 3:00 PM.


News and updates about the Olympic Shooting events will be available on the ISSF website and on the Federation’s social media profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Weibo.

Marco Vettoretti