Hosts shoot blanks – Sports – Al-Ahram Weekly
The eight-day International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup, from February 28 to March 8, saw the participation of more than 500 shooters from 64 countries opening the new Olympic cycle on the shooting range of the City Egyptian International Olympic Games in the new city.
Only 21 countries reached the final medal table, collecting 62 medals: 20 gold, 20 silver and 22 bronze.
Despite being held in Cairo, the home side did not win a single medal at the World Cup, which marks the start of a series of World Cup qualifying stages for the Olympics. of Paris 2024.
India leads the standings with four gold, two silver and one bronze. Norway followed with three gold, one silver and two bronze. France finished third with three gold medals.
The first day of competition started with the men’s 10m air rifle. In a fierce fight, the Italian Danilo Dennis Sollazzo won gold, his first victory in the ISSF competition. In the gold medal game, he was more accurate than his Slovak opponent, Patrik Jany. Third place went to the Czech Jiri Privratsky.
In the women’s event, 2021 European champion Oceanne Muller of France took gold while silver went to Anastasiia Galashina. American Alison Marie won the bronze medal.
Day two saw competitors battling for medals in the final 10m individual events. Indian Chaudhary Saurabh regained his top spot for the first time since 2019 by winning gold in the air pistol. Silver went to German Michael Schwald while bronze went to another German, Artem Chernousov.
Anna Korakaki of Greece won gold in the women’s 10m air pistol. The Rio 2016 bronze medalist had a better result against India’s Esha Singh who competed for the first time and won silver. Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Antoaneta Kostadinova of Bulgaria settled for third place.
Day three was the mixed 10m air rifle team. Norwegians Jeanette Hegg Duesdtad and Jon-Hermann HEGG won gold, while Italians Sofia Ceccarello and Danilo Dennis Sollazzo took silver. Bronze medals went to Teodora Vukojevic and Milutin Stefanovic of Serbia and Valentina Gustin and Petar Gorsa of Croatia.
In the mixed 10m air pistol team, Zorana Arunovic and Damir Mikec from Serbia with Yasemin Beyza Yilmaz and Ismail Keles from Turkey, were all brilliant but the Serbs took the gold leaving the Turks with the silver. Andrea Katharina Heckner and Robin Walter from Germany and Anna Korakaki and Dionysios Korakakis from Greece rounded out the top three and won bronze medals.
In the men’s 10m air rifle team, Croatia won their first gold medal beating Italy. The Czech Republic won the bronze medal. In the women’s 10m air rifle team, Hungary won gold while Norway took silver. The bronze medal went to Singapore for their country’s first medal.
In the men’s 10m air pistol team, Germany won the gold medal. Silver went to Turkey while Italy won bronze. India won gold in the women’s 10m air pistol team while Germany won silver. The bronze medal was won by Chinese Taipei.
Patrik Jany of Slovakia earned his second individual medal in the event, winning the men’s 50m Rifle 3 position. Second place went to Hungarian Zalan Pekler and the bronze medal to Croatian Petar Gorsa.
In the women’s 25m pistol, France’s Mathilde Lamolle gave her rivals no chance and gave her country the second gold medal of the competition. Hungarian Veronika Major and Greek Anna Korakaki finished second and third respectively.
Norway’s Jeanette Hegg Duestad won gold in the 50m rifle 3 positions. Italian Sofia Ceccarello and Norwegian Jenny Stene finished second and third respectively.
In the men’s 50m rifle 3 position team, the first place went to Austria. Silver went to the Czech Republic while bronze went to Norway. Slovenia’s first gold medal came in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 position team event after beating second-placed USA. Third place goes to Switzerland.
In the men’s 25m rapid-fire pistol event, Frenchman Jean Quiquampoix, Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion, won the gold medal, the third for his team. Second place went to Ruslan Lunev of Azerbaijan while third went to Martin Strnad of the Czech Republic.
In the 50m Rifle 3 Position Mixed Team Jenny Stene and Jon-Hermann Hegg of Norway won gold, Germany’s Jolyn Beer and Maximilian Dallinger silver and India’s Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran bronze.
The women’s 25m pistol team gold went to India, the silver went to Singapore while the bronze went to Chinese Taipei.
The gold medal in the men’s team 25m rapid fire pistol was won by Germany, followed by India who took silver while the Czech Republic took bronze. India snatched gold in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Mixed Team, Thailand took silver while Singapore and Indonesia shared bronze.
The World Cup ended in Cairo with the ratification by the ISSF Executive Committee of its decision not to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in ISSF competitions, as declared by the International Olympic Committee after the start of the war with Ukraine.
“The ISSF Executive Committee supports the IOC recommendation issued on February 28, 2022 with the aim of protecting the integrity of global sports competitions and ensuring the safety of all participants,” an IOC recommendation had stated.
“The ISSF fully supports any policy against wars as well as the recommendations of the IOC not to allow athletes from the Russian Federation and Belarus to participate in the ISSF Championship until further notice.”
The ISSF Executive Committee has also adopted the following statements which have been posted on its official website: “The ISSF Executive Committee strongly condemns the violation of the Olympic truce by the governments of Russia and Belarus and fully supports the official statements by the ISSF President condemning the war. at the opening of the ISSF World Cup in Cairo, Egypt and at the IF Presidents meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach on 1 March 2022.
“The ISSF Executive Committee expresses the full support of the ISSF to the people of Ukraine as well as to the athletes and the shooting sport community in Ukraine, including offering humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian family of shooters from the resources from the ISSF Development Fund.
“The ISSF Executive Committee supports the decision of the European Shooting Cup ESC to cancel the 2022 European Championship 25/50m/Rt/SH in Russia.
“The ISSF Executive Committee has concluded that it will closely monitor the situation and take further action in collaboration with the IOC in accordance with the ISSF Constitution and the Olympic Charter, if necessary.”
*A version of this article appeared in the March 10, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.