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02.09.2018

ISSF World Championship in Changwon: day 1 preview

52nd ISSF World Championship All Events · Changwon, KOR

Five total events will begin on the first competition day at the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events. Medals will be awarded in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team, 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team and 50m Pistol Men Junior events.

Competition at the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events will start today. Five total events will begin, while three of them will also deliver the world title.

 

10m Air Rifle Mixed Team

 

How does it work? The 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event is conducted in the standing position, using an air rifle loaded with 0.177 caliber or 4.5mm pellets. The target is placed at a distance of 10 meters and athletes reload after each shot: rifles are single-loaded. Each team is composed by two shooters: one male and one female. The score of the team is made by the sum of the two individual scores.

 

The qualification round consist of 80 total shots, 40 per team member. The elimination-style final consists of a maximum of 48 shots per team. Qualification scores are not carried forward: the final starts from zero and the individual scores are added together to build up the final result.

 

Following the athletes presentation, the final begins with three series of 5 shots per athlete, each series must be fired within 250 seconds. After the first two series, a total of 9 single shots per athlete are fired, each shot must be fired in 50 seconds and the lowest-ranking team is eliminated after every 4 team shots. The final ends up with only two teams left on the line, as they fire the last 3 shots per athlete to determine the gold and silver medalists. Ties are broken by shoot-offs.

 

Keep an eye on: During the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series the Chinese National Team won three out of four events: Chen Keduo and Xu Hong placed 1st in Guadalajara (MEX), Yang Haoran and Zhao Ruozhu took gold in Changwon (KOR), and the duo composed by Wu Mingyang and Yao Yuncong climbed atop the podium in Fort Benning (USA).

 

Finally, Russian Federation’s Anastasiia Galashina and Sergey Kamenskiy secured the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team gold medal in Munich (GER).

 

The title holder: This event will be contested for the first time.

 

The Olympic Champion: This event will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

 

The final match: The final will take place today at 12:00 pm (UTC+9:00).

 

Trap Women Junior

 

How does it work? Each athlete passing through the Trap Women Junior qualification round shoots 125 targets divided in five rounds of 25 targets each, typically over two competition days. Athletes competing in the qualification phase are divided in squads composed of six shooters each. They use all of the five layout stations, and they are allowed to fire two shots at each target.

 

Targets are thrown randomly: the shooter doesn’t know the angle and the direction of the target. The rotation logic ensures that all competitors will shoot the same targets sometimes during the round. The elimination-style final consists of a maximum of 50 targets.

 

During the final round the six athletes shoot from and rotate on station number 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, and they are allowed to fire one shot at each target. After five rounds have been completed — or when every shooters fired five times from each station — the lowest ranking athlete is eliminated in 6th position. At the end of each of the three following rounds, eliminations in 5th, 4th and 3rd place are determined. There, the two remaining athletes have to fire two more complete rounds to decide the gold and silver medalist.

 

Keep an eye on: The People’s Republic of China and Italy took gold at the two Junior World Cups contested this year. In Sydney, indeed, it was Chinese young talent Duan Yuwei who climbed atop the podium, while in Suhl Italy’s Gaia Ragazzini led an all-Italian podium.

 

The title defender: Maria Lucia Palmitessa will compete in Changwon, trying to defend the title she won at last year’s ISSF Shotgun World Championship in Moscow (RUS).

 

The final match: The final will take place tomorrow at 3:30 pm (UTC+9:00).

 

Trap Men

 

How does it work? Each athlete passing through the Trap Men qualification round shoots 125 targets divided in five rounds of 25 targets each, typically over two competition days. Athletes competing in the qualification phase are divided in squads composed of six shooters each. They use all of the five layout stations, and they are allowed to fire two shots at each target.

 

Targets are thrown randomly: the shooter doesn’t know the angle and the direction of the target. The rotation logic ensures that all competitors will shoot the same targets sometimes during the round. The elimination-style final consists of a maximum of 50 targets.

 

During the final round the six athletes shoot from and rotate on station number 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, and they are allowed to fire one shot at each target. After five rounds have been completed — or when every shooters fired five times from each station — the lowest ranking athlete is eliminated in 6th position. At the end of each of the three following rounds, eliminations in 5th, 4th and 3rd place are determined. There, the two remaining athletes have to fire two more complete rounds to decide the gold and silver medalist.

 

Keep an eye on: Luxembourg’s Lyndon Sosa, Italy’s Mauro De Filippis, Great Britain’s Aaron Heading and Italy’s Simone Lorenzo Prosperi were the four Trap Men gold medalist during the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series.

 

The title defender: Italy’s Daniele Resca won the world title in 2017. He won’t be competing in Changwon.

 

The Olympic Champion: Josip Glasnovic of Croatia climbed atop the Trap Men podium at Rio 2016, preceding Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo and Great Britain’s Edward Ling.

 

The final match: The final will take place tomorrow at 4:45 pm (UTC+9:00).

 

10m Air Pistol Mixed Team

 

How does it work? The 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event is conducted in standing position, using an air pistol loaded with 0.177 inches or 4.5mm caliber pellets. The target is placed at a distance of 10 meters and athletes reload after each shot: pistols are single-loaded. Each team is composed by two shooters: one male and one female. The score of the team is made by the sum of the two individual scores. The Qualifications consist of 80 total shots, 40 per team member.

 

The elimination-style final consists of a maximum of 48 shots per team. Qualification scores are not carried forward: the final starts from zero and the individual scores are added together to build up the final result.

 

Following the athletes presentation, the final begins with three series of 5 shots, each series must be fired in 250 seconds. After the first two series, a total of 9 single shots per athlete are fired, each shot must be fired in 50 seconds and the lowest-ranking team is eliminated after every 4 team shots. The final ends up with only two couples left on the line, as they fire 3 shots per athlete to decide the gold and silver medalists. Ties are broken by shoot-offs shots.

 

Keep an eye on: Four different countries won gold in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event during the season: Manu Bhaker and Om Prakash Mitharval of India finished in 1st place in Guadalajara, while Ji Xiaojing and Wu Jiayu of the People’s Republic of China took gold in Changwon. Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic and Damir Mikec, and Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych and Oleh Omelchuk respectively climbed atop the podium in Fort Benning and Munich.

 

The title defender: This event will be contested for the first time.

 

The Olympic Champion: This event will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

 

The final match: The final will take place today at 3:00 pm (UTC+9:00).

 

Other events

 

One more gold medal will be awarded on the first competition day: in fact, the 50m Pistol Men Junior event will take place, and People’s Republic of China’s Wang Zhehao will try to defend the title he claimed in Suhl (GER) in 2017.

 

Footage of the Olympic events will be distributed worldwide via EBU and broadcasted live on the ISSF website, on the Federation’s Livestream channel and on its official Facebook page.

 

Live results, news and updates will be available on www.issf-sports.org and on all ISSF social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Weibo and Youku.

 

Marco Vettoretti