Final 10m Air Pistol Women

Kostevych wins Air Pistol final, claims second medal in Munich

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Munich, GER

Back to the range, with her six-month-old baby, the pistol ace is aiming at the world championship.

The 2004 Olympic Champion, Olena Kostevych of Ukraine, came back atop of an ISSF podium at the ISSF Wolrd Cup in Munich, today. 


The 33-year-old shooter scored 240.1 points turning out to be unreachable for her opponents. 


Silver medalist Wang Qian of the People’s Republic of China closed in second place with 238.9 points, while South Korea’s Kim Minjung took Bronze with 219.5 points. 


Kostevych - a 13-time world cup medalist - had won her last world cup stage in 2016, in Baku. 


She said: “It feels amazing to be back. I have been away for a while, but now I am again on the podium, with my six-month-old baby traveling with me and giving me a lot of motivation.”


“I took some time off between 2017 and 2018. To be a mother and a professional athlete is not easy,” she added. “At the same time, I really wanted to come back, as I was missing this atmosphere and the competition.” 


Kostevych also secured a bronze medal at the 25m Pistol Women event just two days ago. 


“Winning two medals in three days is just great, in this context. My aim is now the World Championship. I have been chasing that title for many years,” she added, referring to the 2018 ISSF World Championship in all events to be held in Changwon, South Korea, at the beginning of September. 


Rio 2016 Olympic multi-medalist Anna Korakaki of Greece took the 6th place today, scoring 157.4 points to finish behind Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina (4th with 198.3 points) and Hungary’s Veronika Major (5th with 176.6 points). 


Chinese Taipei’s Yu Ai Wen closed in 7th (136.6 points), followed by Portugal’s Joana Castelao in 8th and last place (112.3 points). 


The ISSF World Cup in Munich will now continue with the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Final, taking place at 4.30 PM (CET). 


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2. WANG Qian

3. KIM Minjung


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