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13.06.2017

ISSF World Cup in Gabala: day 6 preview

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Gabala, AZE

The fifth and last ISSF World Cup stage of the season in Gabala (AZE) will close with the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions and the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions. Both finals will be streamed live on the Federation’s official Facebook page.

50m Rifle 3 Positions Women

 

The final competition day at the Gabala Shooting Club will open with the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event, where 66 shooters from 29 countries will compete for the last podium of the 2017 ISSF World Cup Series.

 

Rio 2016 Olympic Silver medalist Zhang Binbin (28) of the People’s Republic of China will headline a Chinese National Team that will also enlist 21-year-old Qiu Yehan and 19-year-old Shi Mengyao.

 

Germany’s Selina Gschwandtner (23) and Jolyn Beer (23), who both climbed on the podium at last month’s World Cup stage in Munich (GER) will also be among the favorites for a spot in the top-8, along with Austria’s 24-year-old Olivia Hofmann, currently ranked 10th in the world, Serbia’s Andrea Arsovic (30), two-time World Cup Gold medalist in this event, and Singaporean 26-year-old Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei, Silver medalist this year in New Delhi (IND).

 

The home Azerbaijani team will be composed by Zhala Bayramova (22), Khayala Huseynli (23) and Nazrin Salamzade (16), all looking for their first final participation.

 

The final is scheduled at 11:45 am (UTC+4:00) and it will be live streamed on the ISSF official Facebook page, on issf-sports.org and on its Livestream channel.

 

50m Rifle 3 Positions Men

 

The tenth and conclusive final will see 75 shooters from 30 countries compete for the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions podium.

 

The People’s Republic of China will lineup a multi-decorated trio of shooters made of 29-year-old Cao Yifei, three-time World Cup medalist in this event, 28-year-old Hui Zicheng, Gold medalist two years ago in Gabala and at this year’s first World Cup stage of the season in New Delhi (IND), and Yao Yucong (21), who won Silver five days ago in the 10m Air Rifle Men event.

 

Battling for a spot in the final will also be the Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist in this event, Alexis Raynaud (22) of France, and Czech Republic’s rising talent Filip Nepejchal (17), who claimed his first World Cup Gold at last year’s competition in Baku (AZE).

 

Azerbaijan will be represented by Ali Majidli (24) and Gudrat Rizvanov (17), both nailing their first World Cup participation in Gabala.

 

The final is scheduled at 3:00 pm (UTC+4:00) and it will be live streamed on the ISSF official Facebook page, on issf-sports.org and on its Livestream channel.

Marco Vettoretti