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10.09.2018

ISSF World Championship in Changwon: day 9 preview

52nd ISSF World Championship All Events · Changwon, KOR

The 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Junior and Two Skeet events are the three Olympic shooting events kicking off on day 9 at the ISSF World Championship in Changwon.

Skeet and Rifle shooters will liven up the ninth competition day at the Changwon International Shooting Range, where the 52nd edition of the ISSF World Championship in all events is currently underway. 

 

Skeet Men Junior

 

How does it work? Each athlete in the Skeet Men 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 eight layout stations, and they are allowed to fire one shots at each target.

 

Targets are thrown by two houses placed at the left and right side of the range and called high house and low house, respectively. During the qualification targets can be thrown as singles or doubles, according to the station. The shooter knows the direction of the targets in advance and is only allowed to fire one shot at each target. The elimination-style final consists of a maximum of 60 targets.

 

During the final round the six athletes starts by shooting at two doubles from station number 3, followed by one double on station number 4, and by two more doubles on station number 5. After all the athletes have completed two rounds, the lowest ranking athlete is eliminated in 6th position. At the end of each of the following rounds, elimination in 5th, 4th and 3rd place are determined, as well as the gold and silver medalists.

 

Keep an eye on: Dou Xuyang of the People’s Republic of China and Emil Kjelgaard Petersen are the two gold medalist of this year’s two ISSF Junior World Cup.

 

The title holder: Emil Kjelgaard Petersen of Denmark is the reigning Skeet Men World Champion, after he pocketed gold at last year’s ISSF Shotgun World Championship in Moscow (RUS).

 

The final match: The final will take place tomorrow at 2:45 pm (UTC+9:00).

 

50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Junior

 

How does it work? The 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men event is conducted in three different positions: kneeling, prone and standing, using a rifle loaded with 0.22 inches or 5.6mm caliber cartridges. The target is placed at a distance of 50 meters and athletes reload after each shot, rifles are single-loaded. The Qualifications consist of 40 shots in each position: 120 shots in total.

 

The elimination-style final consists of a maximum of 45 shots: 15 shots in each position. Qualification scores are not carried forward: the final starts from zero and the individual scores are added together to build up the final result.

 

After the athletes’ presentation, the final begins with three series of 5 shots fired in kneeling position, each series must be fired within 200 seconds. After a changeover time of 7 minutes — used by the athletes to set-up their rifles and shooting equipment as well as for some sighting shots — the prone position section of the match starts. Athletes fire three more series of 5 shots, each series must be fired within 150 seconds. After a second changeover break of 9 minutes the final concludes with the standing position, starting with two series of 5 shots, each series must be fired within 250 seconds. After those two series, the two lowest-ranking athlete are eliminated in 8th and 7th position. The match concludes with five single shots to be fired within 50 seconds per shot. The lowest-ranking athlete is eliminated after each single shot until the three medalists are decided. Ties are broken by shoot-offs.

 

Keep an eye on: At this year’s ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney, People’s Republic of China’s Zhang Changhong finished in 1st place, while Italy’s Marco Suppini took gold in the second competition of the season.

 

The title holder: Liu Yukun of the People’s Republic of China placed 1st at the 2017 ISSF Junior World Championship in Suhl (GER).

 

The final match: The final will take place today at 12:45 pm (UTC+9:00).

 

Skeet Women

 

How does it work? Each athlete in the Skeet Women 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 eight layout stations, and they are allowed to fire one shots at each target.

 

Targets are thrown by two houses placed at the left and right side of the range and called high house and low house, respectively. During the qualification targets can be thrown as singles or doubles, according to the station. The shooter knows the direction of the targets in advance and is only allowed to fire one shot at each target. The elimination-style final consists of a maximum of 60 targets.

 

During the final round the six athletes starts by shooting at two doubles from station number 3, followed by one double on station number 4, and by two more doubles on station number 5. After all the athletes have completed two rounds, the lowest ranking athlete is eliminated in 6th position. At the end of each of the following rounds, elimination in 5th, 4th and 3rd place are determined, as well as the gold and silver medalists..

 

Keep an eye on: United States’ Kimberly Rhode took three of this year’s World Cup gold medals, while Great Britain’s Amber Hill won one, along with one silver and one bronze.

 

The title holder: In 2017, an American shooter climbed atop the Skeet Women podium and became the World Champion for the third consecutive championship: after Brandy N Drozd in 2014 and Morgan Craft in 2015, in fact, Dania Jo Vizzi won gold in Moscow.

 

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

 

Other events

 

The only non-Olympic shooting event starting today at the Changwon International Shooting Range will be the 300m Rifle Prone Women.

Marco Vettoretti