India finish third in 52nd ISSF World Championship in Korea

September 14, 2018 06:41 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
CHANGWON (KOREA): The 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events officially concluded today at the Changwon International Shooting Range in Changwon (KOR), where it kicked off on August 31.

 A total of 1806 athletes competed in 59 shooting sport events and four disciplines, representing 90 nations and piling up 3457 starts. The People’s Republic of China finished atop the overall medal standings, winning 43 total medals: 20 golds, 15 silvers and 8 bronzes. The Republic of Korea, host country of the competition, followed in 2nd place with 36 podiums — 11 golds, 14 silvers and 11 bronzes — while India took 3rd position with a tally of 11 golds, 9 silvers and 7 bronzes.

It was two-time Olympic Champion Vincent Hancock of the United States of America who won the last gold medal up for grabs at this championship, as he secured his fourth Skeet Men world title today.

For the third time this year, Hancock finished the match with 59 hits out of 60 clays, once again equaling the World Record to finish atop of the podium.

The silver medal went to Norway’s 39-year-old Erik Watndal, placing 2nd with 55 hits and winning his first World Championship medal, while bronze was awarded to Italy’s Riccardo Filippelli with 46 hits.

Hancock, Watndal and Filippelli all won an Olympic quota place for Tokyo 2020, while the fourth pass for Tokyo was taken by France’s 45-year-old Emmanuel Petit, who placed 4th with 37 hits out of 40.

“This has been an amazing match. I was able to accomplish my goal which was to come out here and do the best I could,” said Hancock. “I’m very happy of shooting a 59 and being able to win another gold, it’s one more step. Hopefully I could get to the Olympics and shoot a perfect 60.”

“Dear authorities, dear athletes, officials and fans of the shooting sport, two weeks ago we celebrated an impressive opening ceremony here in Changwon,” said the ISSF Secretary General Mr. Franz Schreiber during the closing ceremony. “For fourteen days we experienced great hospitality from the city and from the people, to whom I extend the gratitude and best wishes coming from the ISSF President Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña.”

 “We also would like to thank the athletes for their outstanding performances,” continued Mr. Schreiber. “Some of them won and some of left in tears, but what they all achieved is that they all gave their best in this competition.”

 “The city of Changwon provided an outstanding venue, with great facilities, amazing look and branding, it’s definitely one of the best shooting ranges in the world and we really hope we can come back here soon,” he concluded.

Overall medal standings

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