Amended due to changes to the competition schedule.
Day one of the 2013 IPC Shooting European Championships will feature epic battles revived from London 2012 and an unconventional competition between a coach and a shooter in Alicante, Spain.
Monday (21 October)
R1 (men’s 10m air rifle standing SH1)
Relay one - 8:00-9:45 (local time)
Relay two - 10:30-11:45 (local time)
Finals - 12:45-13:30 (local time)
Four of the eight finalists from London enter this event, including the Swedish 17-time Paralympic champion Jonas Jacobsson and German bronze medallist Josef Neumaier. Expect a close-run competition, as Ukranian Iurii Stoiev and Slovakia’s Franc Pinter also enter the fray, seeking an improvement on their sixth and eighth places from London, as well as Brit Matt Skelhon, silver medallist in the R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1).
And that’s not all. In the 2014 season, the R1 world record has fallen three times, first to Pinter at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Szczecin, Poland, then to Swede Martin Hall at the same competition.
Under one month later at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Antalya, Turkey, the record fell again to Neumaier.
A total of 34 shooters will line up on the first morning of competition in the R1 aiming for a strong start to their Championships.
P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1)
Precision relay one – 8:45- 9:45 (local time)
Precision relay two – 10.00 – 11:00 (local time)
Rapid relay one – 11:00-12:00 (local time)
Rapid relay two – 11:30 -12:15 (local time)
Finals – 14:15 – 15:30 (local time)
Moving over to the 25m range will be the first pistol competition of Alicante 2013 - the P3. Again four finalists from London 2012 will take aim and again two of those will be the silver and bronze medallists.
Russians Sergey Malyshev and Valery Ponomarenko climbed the podium in second and third at the Royal Artillery Barracks, ahead of Korhan Yamac of Turkey and Serbia’s Zivko Papaz who also enter this event in Alicante.
Macedonian Olivera Nakovska-Bikova, Paralympic P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1) champion, will also be looking to medal in this event alongside 35 other competitors.
This includes team coach Branimir Jovanovski, who Nakovska-Bikova cites as the most influential person in her career.
The 2013 IPC Shooting European Championships run from 20-25 October and will feature more than 170 athletes from over 30 countries, with more competitors than London 2012.
The competition is part of the build-up for the 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships which take place in on 19-26 July in Suhl, Germany.
For all the action from each day of the competition including behind the scenes pictures, live tweets and updates, follow @IPCShooting on Twitter and Facebook.com/IPCShooting, as well as watch live results as they happen.