The ELEY team have put on yet another spectacular performance at the ISSF World Cup Final this week. Rifle and Pistol shooting’s elite athletes were pitted against each other in the last event of the season. Hosted in Putian, China, the ISSF welcomed the topped ranking athletes from 34 countries competing in eight individual events.
The first day of the finals got off to a flying start with both the 50m 3P rifle men’s and women’s event. Seonaid McIntosh capped her memorable year with a solid performance to claim a gold medal win. The British shooter was in third place after the kneeling position, but a strong start in prone and standing secured her victory with a final score of 462.1.
Second place went to Ruijiao Pei (CHN) and third, Nina Christen (SUI). All three shooters in the final put their trust in ELEY tenex to secure a medal.
It was also three for three in the men’s event with all three shooters using ELEY tenex. Filip Nepejchal of Czech Republic struck gold and secured a new junior world record at the same time with a score of 462.9. Silver went to Serbia’s Milenko Sebic with 461.5 and Russia’s Sergey Kamenskiy rounded out the podium after recording a final score 449.8.
The second day of finals shone a spotlight on the pistol disciplines. In the 25m pistol women’s event, Chinese shooter Zhang Jingjing won gold in Putian. Her first title since coming back from maternity leave.
This makes her a three-time world champion after hitting 37 out of 50 targets to win China’s first gold on home soil.
Day three highlighted the individual 10m air rifle and pistol events with all four finals. Sponsored shooters Artem Chernousov and Zorana Arunovic came away victorious with a bronze and silver medal respectively.
In a World Cup Final first, the 10m air pistol and air rifle mixed team events were included in the program with the athletes competing for the new ‘President’s Trophy’. Each international pair was determined by a random draw.
First up, the 10m air rifle discipline. Team ELEY’s Snjezana Pejcic clinched the gold with partner Divyansh Panwar from India. Britain’s Seonaid McIntosh won her second medal of the event, securing bronze while paired with Chinese shooter Yu Haoanan.
In the 10m air pistol event, ELEY shooter Artem Chernousov secured the top spot with partner Manu Bhaker from India. This was closely followed by Anna Korakaki and Saurabh Chaudhary. In third place, Zorana Arunovic celebrated her birthday in style by bagging bronze with Indian shooter Shahzar Rizvi.