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ISSF World Cup 2016 – An Overview

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2016 ISSF World cup  held at the TSN Shooting Range in Bologna, Italy. The Champions Trophy sponsored by SIUS.

About ISSF World Cup :

The ISSF World Cup was introduced by the International Shooting Sport Federation in 1986 to provide a homogeneous system for qualification to the Olympic shooting competitions. It still is carried out in the Olympic shooting events, with four competitions per year in each event. For the best shooters there is since 1988 a World Cup Final.

The World Cup Final in rifle and pistol is often, but not always, held in Munich as the ISSF shooting season ending competition. The location and date of the World Cup Final in shotgun are more flexible. To the Final, the following shooters are qualified:

  • The defending Olympic, World, ISSF World Cup Final champions.
  • Silver and Bronze medalists of either the last Olympic or the World Championship, whichever competition that was most recently held.
  • The eight shooters that have made the best performances at the World Cup competitions during the year. For rating the performances, a special score system is used by taking into account of both the rank and the score achieved in the competitions.
  • As many as two shooters can be nominated by the host country to compete in two of the World Cup Final events if no one from the host country qualifies.

Jitu shoots silver at World Cup in Italy

Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai shrugged off the disappointment of a poor Olympic campaign by clinching a silver medal in the 50m pistol event of the ISSF World Cup Final.

  • Jitu equalled his own record in the qualification round which he had shot in Maribor World Cup in 2014.
  • Jitu shot a score of 188.8 to finish behind China’s Wei Pang (190.6). Italy’s Giuseppe Giordano settled for the bronze medal with a score of 170.3 in the final.
  • Jitu started the event on a strong note and led the field after the first four series. He finished strongly on second position with a qualification score of 568 which is his personal best score.
  • This was Jitu’s first ever medal in the World Cup Finals where the top 10 shooters of the world for this season compete. This year Jitu had won two medals in the World Cups.

Jitu Finishes 6th In 10m Air Pistol In ISSF World Cup

Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai finished sixth in the men’s 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup Final.

  • Jitu shot a score of 117.2 to finish sixth and be the third to be eliminated in the eight-shooter final.
  • Jitu beat Serbia’s Damir Mikec, 29.6 to 28.3 in the final, held in the 10m Air Pistol finals format to claim the 5000 Euros cash award which comes with the title. The ISSF Rifle Champions Trophy was claimed by Russia’s Sergey Kamenskiy.
  • Jitu, who was touted as India’s best shooting medal hope in Rio Olympics but failed to deliver, had earlier won a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan in the 10m air pistol event.

Rajput Finishes 10th In 3-Positions At World Cup Finals

Veteran marksman Sanjeev Rajput, ended his ISSF World Cup Finals campaign in the men’s Rifle 3 Positions event in 10th place, falling short of qualifying for the eight-man final with a score of 1161.

  • The season-ending ISSF competition which brings together the year’s best shooters in every event and in an Olympic year, the medalists at the Olympics as well, concluded in Bologna.
  • Sanjeev was in qualifying spot after the end of the first 60 shots in the Kneeling and Prone position. But a poor Standing series of 30 shots, saw him being forced out of a place in the Final.
  • The Shotgun leg of the ISSF World Cup Finals, where India will be represented by Mairaj Ahmad Khan in the Men’s Skeet, is scheduled to be held in Rome from October 10-16.

Jitu Rai wins ISSF Pistol Champions Trophy title 

India’s ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai made the country proud yet again when he won the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Champions Trophy.ISSF WORLD CUP 2016.

  • Jitu beat Serbia’s Damir Mikec, 29.6 to 28.3 in the final, held in the 10m Air Pistol finals format to claim the Euro 5000 cash award which comes with the title.
  • The ISSF Rifle Champions Trophy was claimed by Russia’s Sergey Kamenskiy. The Champions Trophy matches were held at the end of the World Cup Final, competitions for which ended on Sunday at the TSN Shooting Range in Bologna, Italy.
  • All World Final medalists in the men’s and women’s events are eligible to participate in the Champions Trophy and are allowed to choose between a 10m Air Rifle and 10m Air Pistol match.
  • The matches are then conducted in elimination format, where after the first four shots, the athlete with the lowest score is first to be eliminated.
  • One athlete is subsequently eliminated after each shot thereafter till the final two athletes remain. Their scores are then set back to zero and three single shots determine the winner.