Test Event - Medal Matches 10m Air Rifle Mixed Junior Team

Czech Republic defeats China to climb atop the Air Rifle Mixed Team podium

ISSF Junior World Championship Rifle / Pistol · Suhl, GER

Czech junior shooters Filip Nepejchal and Nikola Foistova secured the Air Rifle Mixed Team title at the end of an exciting match, beating People’s Republic of China’s Zhu Yingjie and Liu Yukun, who took Silver. The 3rd place and the Bronze medal went to another Chinese couple: Gao Mingwei and Zhang Changhong.

Fifty total teams represented 30 nations and participated in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team test event in Suhl (GER), where the ISSF Junior World Championship Rifle/Pistol will conclude today.


17-year-old Filip Nepejchal and 20-year-old Nikola Foistova of the Czech Republic prevailed over People’s Republic of China’s Zhu Yingjie (17) and Liu Yukun (20) at the end of a tight Gold medal match, where the two teams split the first eight series. There, the Czech shooters stepped up their shooting, taking three of the following four points and securing the Gold medal with the final score of 7 points to 5.


In the previous Bronze medal match, 16-year-old Gao Mingwei and 17-year-old Zhang Changhong of the People’s Republic of China Team 2 bested India’s Arjun Babuta (18) and Shreya Bandyopadhyay (14), easily ruling the final and pocketing the Bronze with a 7-to-3 win.


Eliminated from the first semifinal, Russian Federation Team 2 placed 3rd and scored 202.9 points with Evgeniy Ishchenko (20) and Maria Ivanova (19), while France Team 1, represented by Jade Bordet (16) and Emilien Chassat (20), finished in 4th place with 160.4 points.


In the following second semifinal, then, Russian Federation Team 1 also concluded in 3rd place, as Andrei Golovkov (20) and Anastasiia Galashina (20) scored 204.9 points. They were followed by Islamic Republic of Iran’s Arminia Sadeghina (15) and Amirsiyavash Zolfagharian (15), who took 4th place in the match and scored 161.9 points.

Marco Vettoretti