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6 2015 : HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT » ISSF WORLD CUP FINALS MUNICH AND NICOSIA » INTERVIEWS RALF SCHUMANN AND NICCOLÒ CAMPRIANI » BIRTHDAY OF ISSF PRESIDENT OLEGARIO VÁZQUEZ RAÑA » QUOTA PLACES 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES SHOOTING

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2015 C O V E R PA G E |6 CONTENTS HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT The International Shooting Sport Federation and the whole shooting sport family would like to wish happy birthday to a men who has been the protagonist of our Federation’s life throughout the last 35 years: Mr. Olegario Vázquez Raña. First elected as ISSF President in 1980, and then re-elected for nine consecutive terms, Mr. Olegario Vázquez Raña turned 80-year old on December 10, 2015. As he reaches such milestone, we take the chance to thank him for all what he has done to transport our sport into the 21st century preserving our traditions without fearing innovations, and to wish him all the best for the years to come. R E S U LT S ISSF World Cup Final Rifle/Pistol Munich 38 Asian Air Gun Championship New Delhi ISSF World Cup Final Shotgun Nicosia Oceania Championship in Sydney African Championship in Cairo 39 40 41 44 NEWS ISSF ACTIVITIES ISSF 2015 Season Closing 4 8 10 24 30 32 34 36 46 66 80 CONGRATULATIONS Happy Birthday, Mr. President COMPETITION COMPETITION INTERVIEW INTERVIEW ISSF World Cup Final in Munich ISSF World Cup Final in Nicosia What has Triple Olympic Champion Ralf Schumann to say? What has Olympic Champion Nicolo Campriani to say? THE ISSF IPOD – The “Information Portal on doping” Regional coaches courses in Cairo and Budapest German Version French Version Spanish Version Photos Cover and Contents: Nicolò Zangirolami I N F O RMAT I ON ISSF World Ranking QUOTA PLACES for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games Calendar Imprint 98 DOPING ISSF ACADEMY TRANSLATION 101 106 106 6/2015 ISSF NEWS 3

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ACTIVITIES ISSF 2015 SEASON CLOSING AT THE END OF A LONG SHOOTING SPORT SEASON, WE WOULD LIKE TO UPDATE OUR MEMBER FEDERATIONS AND ALL ISSF STAKEHOLDERS ABOUT THE LATEST ADMINISTRATIVE AND ORGANIZATIONAL ACTIVITIES OF OUR INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION. F irst of all, we are happy to inform you that, in a decision released on November 16, 2015, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), based in Lausanne, Switzerland – the highest judicial authority for sport in the world – dismissed an appeal against the re-election of Olegario Vázquez Raña as President of the International Shooting Sport Federation (which occurred on December 3, 2014). As you might already know, the appeal was filed by the Kuwait Shooting Federation and former ISSF Vice President Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah, who was also a candidate for the position of ISSF President. The submitted appeal requested the court to cancel the election. The court rejected the arguments brought forward by the appellants and confirmed the validity of Mr. Vázquez Raña’s election as ISSF President. After CAS announced its ruling President Vázquez said, “I am very satisfied with the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This decision clearly vindicates us from the accusations made after the ISSF elections by my opponent, who did not agree with a democratic and constitutionally valid ISSF election process. I wish to express my gratitude to the ISSF family for electing me and for their support throughout all of my presidency.” Vázquez Raña was elected to the highest post of the world governing body of the Shooting Sport when he received 165 votes against 128 for his opponent, Kuwaiti Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah, whose Ministry in Kuwait sent several letters to sports leaders in various nations in an attempt to influence their vote and take advantage of his position as Minister of Information and Youth Affairs in Kuwait. After the ruling by CAS, President Vázquez Raña stated, “It is now time for the entire Shooting Sport family to unite for the benefit of the sport and of our athletes. Together, we can help our sport continue to grow in popularity and to develop around the world. Furthermore, we have a major contribution to make by helping IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach achieve his vision regarding the 2020 Olympic Agenda. Now that this appeal against our elections has been dismissed, it is time for all members of the ISSF family to come together in our common cause to promote the Shooting Sport and its athletes, and to unite behind our common values of sport for all, inclusion and respect for the human right to practice sport.” ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber also commented on the decision of the Court: “We are very happy that the ruling of the Court of Arbitration confirmed the validity of our election process. The International Shooting Sport family has always been united. Now that the case has been closed, we will continue working effectively to preserve such unity, in favor of our athletes and Member Federations.” Our Federation had to face another challenge in the last few weeks. On October 29, the IOC decided to revoke the Olympic qualifying status of the Asian Shooting Championship that was held in Kuwait City due to violations of the Olympic Charter. After that decision, the ISSF took immediate steps to ensure that the 35 Shooting Quotas would be awarded to Asian athletes in a high-level alternate competition. The ISSF invited all Member Federations in Asia to submit proposals to host this competition. Five federations expressed interest in organizing this competition and three of them submitted excellent, comprehensive proposals. After evaluating these proposals, the ISSF Executive Committee selected the proposal from the National Rifle Association of India because it was the only proposal to organize all Olympic events in one competition and at one location. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) subsequently approved the ISSF recommendation to organize the “Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition for Shooting” in New Delhi, India from January 25 (arrival) until February 3 (departure). Participating Federations will be responsible for international airfare to New Delhi, but there will be no entry fees and Logo of the Asian Shooting Confederation no costs at the host city for local transportation, hotels and meals. These arrangements were made to support those Federations which had already faced the expenses of entering their athletes in the Asian Shooting Championship held in Kuwait. Each federation can enter a maximum of 3 athletes in the competition in New Delhi, as well as 2 MQS athletes plus one Rifle/Pistol team official and one Shotgun team official. Additional officials will be the financial responsibility of the participating Federations. Three to five star hotels have been selected. Details for the competition schedule and Official Program (General Information) are posted on the ISSF website. 4 ISSF NEWS 6/2015

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ACTIVITIES Other important issues were also at the core of the ISSF activities in the last month. We are pleased to inform you that the Shooting Sport Federation of Kosovo is a new full Member Federation of the International Shooting Sport Federation, following a decision taken by the ISSF Administrative Council which approved the request for affiliation during its last meetings held at the Arzaga Palace in Lonato, Italy, on the 8th and 9th of September. ISSF President Mr. Olegario Vázquez Raña and ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber stated in their letter addressed to the Shooting Sport Federation of Kosovo: “We welcome you as a new member and certainly look forward to having your shooters participate in all ISSF supervised Competitions and Championships.” With the affiliation of Kosovo, the International Shooting Sport Federation has now 165 member federations across Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. This proves once again the universality of our sport. ISSF support for organizers presented by Jan Ketzel Logo of the Shooting Sport Federation of Kosovo The 13th ISSF Championship Organizers Workshop was held at the Hilton Hotel Am Tucherpark in Munich (GER), on the 20th and 21st of November. There, the Organizers of next years’ shooting championships met with ISSF officials and experts in different functional areas, the official ISSF results providers, and the organizers of past ISSF competitions, to share best practices in several organizational areas. ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber and ISSF Vice-President Gary Anderson (who chaired the meeting) welcomed the workshop participants on behalf of ISSF President Olegario Vázquez Raña. Seventy-eight delegates attended the Workshop, including 34 delegates representing 38 organizing committees (all 2016 organizers were represented). The delegates also included 14 ISSF Technical Delegates, as well as ISSF Vice-Presidents Luciano Rossi and Wang Yifu, as well as several ISSF Executive Committee, Administrative Council and Section Committees members. In the following days, the ISSF Section Committees met at the same location, in the last meetings of the year 2015 to discuss important developments for our sport. As the year 2015 comes close to an end, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our athletes, coaches and officials who participated in ISSF supervised competitions throughout the past year as well as our Member Federations, Championship Organizers, Committee Members and Delegates, media representatives, shooting sport fans, our sponsors and all our stakeholders who have worked together to raise the level of our sport worldwide. The International Shooting Sport Federation is working hard and will continue working for all of you towards the excellence or our sport. Finally, we would like to remind you that the ISSF Headquarters will be closed from December 21st 2015 to January 3, 2016 because of the annual Holiday Season. We wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season, and a successful New Year! Olegario Vázquez Raña President of ISSF Franz Schreiber Secretary General of ISSF ISSF Vice-President Gary Anderson ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber 6 ISSF NEWS 6/2015

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ISSF PRESIDENT HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT THE ISSF NEWS MAGAZINE AND THE WHOLE SHOOTING SPORT FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO WISH A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ISSF PRESIDENT OLEGARIO VÁZQUEZ RAÑA, WHO TURNED 80-YEAR OLD ON DECEMBER 10, 2015. M r. Olegario Vázquez Raña has been the protagonist of the life of the International Shooting Sport Federation for 35 years, since he was first elected President in 1980. With great determination, Vázquez Raña has led our sport into the 21st century with the introduction of groundbreaking innovations such as the ISSF World Cup Series and the final rounds, which were recently implemented under his leadership after the London 2012 Games. In addition, he has also worked effortlessly to consolidate the universality of the International Shooting Sport Federation – which currently has 165 member federations – and to strengthen the position of the sport in the international scene. He has always viewed new challenges as opportunities, with a positive outlook which also reflects also on the implementation of the IOC Agenda 2020, a vision of new IOC President Thomas Bach which he embraced with enthusiasm since the first moment. After becoming a part of the International Olympic Committee in 1995, Vázquez Raña began to take part in crucial decision-making processes within the Olympic family under the leadership of three different IOC Presidents: Juan Antonio Samaranch, Dr. Jacques Rogge, and Thomas Bach. During his service, he became a member of several IOC Commissions, taking an active role in the governance of the body. From 1988 to 1998 Mr. Vázquez Raña worked within the Olympic Solidarity Commission, and from 1994 on he joined the IOC Marketing Commission. In 1993 Mr. Vázquez Raña became a member of the Enquiry for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad Commission, while in 1999 he was in charge of a component of the IOC 2002 Commission. The ISSF President has continued to work on communication and marketing-related issues this year after joining the newly-formed IOC Olympic Channel Commission. Olegario Vázquez Raña – a four-time Olympian and a rifle shooting record-setter – entered his ninth consecutive Presidential term after winning the majority of votes at the ISSF General Assembly in Munich 2014, thereby starting another four-year term which will be due in 2018. “Thank you for your loyalty and for your trust,” Mr. Olegario Vázquez Raña said to the Delegates right after his reelection that day. “You have given me the opportunity to reaffirm my commitment to all sport shooters of the world and to this sport family which I love. You can be certain that for the upcoming four years, changes and developments will continue. We will continue working on our agenda to make us stronger, to reach more athletes all around the world, so that our beloved sport will become more attractive to people and more consolidated within the Olympic movement. I am convinced that with your support, the next four years will be really productive, because if we are united the future of our sport will be bright.” Indeed, the future of our sport is bright, and for that we truly thank Mr. Olegario Vázquez Raña, wishing him the very best on this special day. 8 ISSF NEWS 6/2015

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ISSF PRESIDENT 1980 First year as UIT President 2005 25 years jubilee 2015 35 years jubilee 6/2015 ISSF NEWS 9

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CHINA CLOSES THE RIFLE AND PISTOL SEASON ON TOP THE BEST 85 SHOOTERS IN THE WORLD COMPETED IN MUNICH (GER) FOR THIS YEAR’S ISSF RIFLE AND PISTOL WORLD CUP FINAL TITLES, CHALLENGING THE TEN TITLE HOLDERS AND THE 2014 ISSF WORLD CHAMPIONS. THESE 85 SHOOTERS EARNED THEIR TICKET TO MUNICH THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR’S FOUR ISSF WORLD CUP STAGES IN CHANGWON (KOR), FORT BENNING (USA), MUNICH (GER) AND GABALA (AZE), WHERE A TOTAL OF 1179 ATHLETES REPRESENTED 103 COUNTRIES, TOTALING THE IMPRESSIVE AMOUNT OF MORE THAN 4000 STARTS. T RK 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 he event took place at the historic 1972 Olympic shooting range of Munich, in combination with the German Shooting Championship, one of the largest shooting competitions of the world, which gathers over 8 thousands of athletes from all over the country who compete in Olympic and non Olympic shooting events throughout a period of ten days. Once again, the final standings showed the People’s Republic of China finishing on top, with 6 total medals divided in 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronzes. The United States followed in 2nd place with two first places thanks to the extraordinary performances of Matthew Emmons and Michael McPhail, Gold medalists in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men and in the 50m Rifle Prone Men, respectively. Ending in 3rd with a total of 5 medals, the Russian Federation won 1 Gold, 2 Silvers and 2 Bronzes. Behind the Russian team, only Germany (with 1 Gold and 1 Silver), and Serbia (with 1 Gold and 2 Bronzes), earned more than one medal in the competition, while ten different countries evenly split the remaining ten medals: 2 Golds were awarded to France and Iran; 6 Silvers were obtained by Greece, India, Mongolia, Portugal, the Ukraine and Vietnam; and 2 Bronze went to Croatia and South Korea. THE RECORDS EQUALLED WORLD RECORD 50M R IF LE 3 POSITIONS W O M E N 592 ENGLEDER Barbara (GER) NEW WORLD RECORD JUNIOR 50M RIFLE 3 POSITIONS MEN JUNIOR 1181 YANG Haoran (CHN) 10M A IR R IF LE MEN JUNI O R 632.7 YANG Haoran (CHN) NEW FINALS WORLD RECORD JUNIOR 50M RIFLE 3 POSITIONS MEN JUNIOR 458.2 YANG Haoran (CHN) 25M RAPID FIRE PISTOL MEN JUNIOR 32 QUIQUAMPOIX Jean (FRA) THE MEDAL STANDINGS NOC CHN USA RUS GER SRB FRA IRI GRE IND MGL POR UKR VIE CRO KOR G 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 S 1 2 1 B 2 2 2 TOTAL 6 2 5 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 30 RECORDS 14 2 2 10 10 10 TOTAL 10 ISSF NEWS 6/2015 Photos: Nicolò Zangirolami 1 1 1 1 1 1 Five World Records were set during the competition, and three of them were established by the unstoppable 19-year old Chinese athlete Yang Haoran. At first, he established a new 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Junior World Record with 1181.0 points, then, he set a new Final Junior World Record in the same event with 458.2 points. His third record arrived in the 10m Air Rifle Men qualification round, where he scored 632.7 points, setting another Junior World Record. Curiously, Yang was the author of all the three previous Records. Another young shooter, France’s Jean Quiquampoix, set another Final Junior World Record in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men event finishing with 32 hits, one more than his previous score. The fifth and last record was matched by Germany’s Barbara Engleder on the last day of competitions, as she matched the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women’s score of 592.0 points. “We are very happy about the success of this year’s ISSF World Cup Final,” said Franz Schreiber, ISSF Secretary General. “The event has been very well organized, and we have been witnessing some excellent shooting competitions. The best athletes of the world have been shooting here these days.” “The Final was organized in combination with the German Shooting Championship, which recorded once again a very large participation. The support of the audience has been great, and this shows us how popular shooting sport is in this country,” Mr. Schreiber concluded.

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WCF MUNICH 1 1st ZHANG Bowen (CHN) 2 3 2nd HOANG Xuan Vinh (VIE) 3rd WANG Zhiwei (CHN) 50M PISTOL MEN OLYMPIC AND WORLD CHAMPIONS? ZHANG DEFEATS THEM ALL First international season, first Gold medal and then, finally the first World Cup Final title. China’s Zhang Bowen, 19, finished his 2015 with a bang, obtaining the Final Gold medal in the 50m Pistol Men event with a final score of 192.6 points. Zhang, ranked 5th in the world in this event and who qualified for the World Cup Final by winning the second stage of the season in Changwon (KOR), shot consistently in the second half of the match, when he pursued and defeated Vietnamese shooter Xuan Vinh Hoang, who finished in 2nd place after concluding his final with three frustrating shots into the seventh ring. Despite the disappointing finale, Hoang won a big applause from the crowd, considering the fact that his baggage suffered a delay traveling from Vietnam to Germany, which left him with no pistol for the competition. As an extreme last-minute solution, Hoang took part in the match with a new, out-of-the-box pistol, with no customs or adjustments, finishing with the Silver medal around his neck. A remarkable achievement in today’s shooting sport world, where every single piece of equipment is tailored to each individual athlete. The panel of finalists also included the title defender, China’s Wang Zhiwei, who concluded 3rd with 173.6 points, and his teammate Mai Jiajie, the winner of the last World Cup stage in Gabala (AZE), 4th with 150.7. Portugal’s 50-year old Joao Costa followed in 5th place with 131.9 points, finishing ahead of three-time Olympic Champion Jin Jongoh, of the Republic of Korea: the current World Record holder and reigning World Champion scored 113.0 points, who ended in 6th place. His 20-year old teammate Park Daehun, a two-time World Cup Silver medalist this year, was the first to be eliminated after the eighth final shot, thus landing in 8th with 72.0 points, while the winner of the Gold medal at the Baku 2015 European Games, Damir Mikec of Serbia, followed him along the elimination path, finishing in 7th with 92.4 points. Awards 50m Pistol Men 6/2015 ISSF NEWS 11

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WCF MUNICH 1 1st MCPHAIL Michael (USA) 2 3 2nd GRIGORYAN Kirill (RUS) 3rd DURKOVIC Bojan (CRO) 50M RIFLE PRONE MEN MCPHAIL SEALS HIS STUNNING SEASON WITH THE FINAL GOLD A self-explanatory fist pump. That’s how United States’ Michael McPhail reacted after his last shot in the 50m Rifle Prone Men final, where he earned the World Cup Final Gold medal at the end of a tight battle with Russian shooter Kirill Grigoryan. McPhail, 33 and current number 1 in the World Ranking, claimed the 1st place at the very last breath, after Grigoryan surpassed him at the end of the second to last series. The American, two-time Gold medalist during this year’s World Cup in Fort Benning and Munich, sealed the victory with two almost perfect shots: a 10.7 and a 10.6, finishing with 208.5 points against Grigoryan 207.5. “I am very happy with how the season 12 ISSF NEWS 6/2015 turned out,” McPhail said. “In the past years I have shot both the 50m Rifle 3 Positions and the 50m Prone Men events, and it takes a lot of time to train in a proper way. This season I just shot Prone, and it’s much easier.” “I am going to take a month off now. We have a son who’s due in the end of October, my second one, I am very excited!” He added, speaking after the award ceremony. “I am going to give this medal away, I am giving it to my aunt Sue, she knows why. This medal is for my cousin Luke,” McPhail concluded. Following McPhail and Grigoryan, Croatia’s 25-year old Bojan Durkovic pocketed the Bronze medal with 186.5 points, leaving Australia’s 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist Warren Potent, 53, in 4th place with 165.7 points. France’s 34-year old Cyrill Graff, who qualified for the World Cup Final by previously winning the Silver medal also in Munich, concluded 5th with 144.4 points, while Czech Republic’s Tomas Jerebek, 42, followed in 6th with 122.9. The Athens 2004 Olympic Gold medalist, Matthew Emmons from the USA finished 7th with 102.7 points, while the first shooter to be eliminated in the final phase, India’s Gagan Narang, ended in 8th with 81.9 points. Awards 50m Rifle Prone Men

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WCF MUNICH 1 2 2nd OTRYAD Gundegmaa (MGL) 3 1st ZHANG Jingjing (CHN) 3rd CAO Lijia (CHN) 25M PISTOL WOMEN ZHANG TOPS OTRYAD, EARNS HER SECOND 25M PISTOL TITLE For most part of the season, the 25m Pistol women event has been a three rival dispute among Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Boneva, Mongolia’s Gundegmaa Otryad and China’s Zhang Jingjing, and the World Cup Final match almost followed the same path. Zhang, the reigning World Champion of the event, in fact, nailed her second World Cup Final title by defeating Mongolia’s Otryad in the Gold medal match, while their Bulgarian rival was left out of the medal matches after a thrilling shoot-off. Otryad, ranked 2nd in the world behind Zhang, closed the semifinal tied with the Chinese shooter with 17 hits, but after matching Zhang’s scores in the first three final series, she was unable to keep up with her opponent for the next two, eventually losing the match 7 points to 3. The two Gold medal match contestants earned their place in the World Cup Final by earning 3 of the 4 Gold medals of the season, with Otryad obtaining it in Changwon and Fort Benning, and Zhang winning 1 Gold in Munich and 2 Bronzes in Fort Benning and Gabala. Two more Chinese young shooters, Cao Lija, 18, and Lin Yuemei, 21, battled for the third step of the podium in the Bronze medal match, where Cao absolutely dominated, winning the first four series and joining her teammate Zhang on the podium after an 8 points to 0 win. To enter the medal match, both Cao and Lin had to participate in a shoot-off with Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Boneva and Germany’s Monika Karsch, after they all finished the semifinal with 15 hits. In seventh with a final score of 13 points, concluded Vitalina Batsarashkina of the Russian Federation, followed in 8th place by her teammate Yuliya Alipova. Now that the season is in the books, the athletes’ sight is already focused on the next big goal: the Olympic Games. And Zhang, Otryad and Boneva are surely candidates to win a Gold medal. Awards 25m Pistol Women 6/2015 ISSF NEWS 13

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WCF MUNICH 1 2 2nd EKIMOV Leonid (RUS) 3 1st QUIQUAMPOIX Jean (FRA) 3rd KIM Jun Hong (KOR) 25M RAPID FIRE PISTOL MEN QUIQUAMPOIX EARNS THE FINAL GOLD, DEDICATES IT TO MOM AND GIRLFRIEND In his first season as a senior shooter, France’s 19-year old Jean Quiquampoix gave us a glimpse of what his career in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men event could be. After winning the Gold medal in Changwon in April, indeed, he earned the 2015 title by placing 1st at the ISSF World Cup Final in Munich, winning his first Gold medal in this competition a couple of months away from the 20-year old mark. The French athlete finished his final with 32 hits, defeating the Silver medalist, Russia’s Leonid Ekimov, 27, who concluded only 1 point behind. Quiquampoix also established a new Junior Final World Record, shattering the 31 hits record he had established at this year’s European Championship in Maribor (SLO). Reigning World Champion and cur14 ISSF NEWS 6/2015 rent number 2 in the World Ranking, Kim Jun Hong of South Korea, won the Bronze medal with 27 hits, finishing ahead of Russia’s Alexei Klimov, 4th with 22 hits. Germany’s World Ranking leader Oliver Geis, 24, finished in 5th place with 17 hits, while India’s Gurpreet Singh took the 6th spot with 11 final points. The French finalist began the match with three perfect series of 5 hits out of 5 targets, placing at the lead of the round and maintaining it until the second-to-last one, where he scored a disappointing 1-out-of-5 and slid to 2nd place behind Ekimov. In the last series, however, Ekimov only hit 2 targets, thereby allowing Quiquampoix to recover the lead with 4 and claim the first senior title of his career. “I am extremely happy because it’s a very nice way to close my last junior season,” Quiquampoix said. “At the beginning of today’s match, it seemed to be easy. But as we went on shooting I could feel the pressure building up.” “I want to dedicate this medal to my girlfriend Kristel, and to my mother, she’s having her birthday in one week and this is a nice present for her,” he added. He surely won’t fall short of chances to dedicate them more and more victories. Awards 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men

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