Italy’s Pezzi and Germany’s Guggenmos win Target Sprint junior titles in Changwon

52nd ISSF World Championship All Events · Changwon, KOR

They were the fastest in the junior men and junior women events held at the ISSF World Championship in Changwon, South Korea, today.

Italy’s Giovanni Pezzi won the Target Sprint Men Junior at the ISSF Target Sprint World Championship in Changwon, South Korea, today.

The Italian athlete secured gold completing the 6 200-meter laps and the three shooting session in 4:22:78, more than 12 seconds faster than his followers. 


“I train a lot with a track and field team,” Pezzi said, commenting on his irresistible pace on the track. “And then of course at the range, to be prepared for both the running and the precision shooting in the best way.”


“It feels great to win this race,” he added. “I feel only a bit sorry because usually I am more precise in the shooting. I missed a bit too much here. But still, I am really happy of this success.”


Following him, Germany’s Felix Elsner and Great Britain’s Morten Jos Var Der Schee were the protagonists of a photo-finish duel, as they crossed the finish line shoulder and shoulder. Elsner was eventually awarded the silver medal with a time of 4:35.21, while Var Der Schee begged bronze with 4:35:35, only 14 tenths of a second behind. 


Earlier today, in the junior women event, Germany’s Madlen Guggenmos claimed gold in 5:12:39, beating Great Britain’s Emily May Shawyer (silver in 5:19:98) and Charlotte Frances Huddart (bronze in 5:30:91). 



Marco Dalla Dea