Paralympic champion Abdulla Sultan Alaryani already had a medal in Chateauroux but on Thursday (27 September) he took the first gold at the 2018 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup.
United Arab Emirates’ shooter took gold in the R7 (men’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1), finishing ahead of Israel’s Doron Shaziri and France’s Didier Richard at the National Shooting Centre of France.
Two days ago, Alaryani had taken silver in the R1 (men’s 10m air rifle standing SH1) slightly behind South Korea’s Segunchul Lee.
Four more countries capture gold
Italy’s Nadia Fario, whose grandfather was a sniper in World War I, came in first in the P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1). Turkey’s Aysel Ozgan and Hungary’s Krisztina David followed her into the podium.
There was an India one-two in the P1 (men’s 10m air pistol SH1) as 16-year-old Manish Narwal took gold ahead of compatriot Deepender Singh. Czech Republic’s Tomas Pesek collected bronze.
Germany’s Rio 2016 silver medallist Natascha Hiltrop climbed onto the first step of the podium in the R8 (women’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1). Her teammate Elke Seeliger claimed silver and USA’s Taylor Farmer bronze.
Poland’s Barbara Moskal secured her second gold on French soil, this time in the VI (mixed 10m air rifle standing). Great Britain’s Michael Whapples and Moskal’s compatriot Krzysztof Ruszkiewicz completed the podium.
India won the P1 (men’s 10m air pistol SH1), the sole team event of the day. They finished ahead of Turkey and Poland.
The competition continues on Friday (28) with the Para trap finals.
Chateauroux 2018 runs until 29 September and is being streamed live on World Shooting Para Sport’s website.
Live results are available on https://www.paralympic.org/shooting/live-results.