Chateauroux 2022: China, Israel and Thailand also earn Paralympic Games quotas

Poland's Barbara Moskal takes gold in the VI-P - mixed 10m air rifle VI prone with a new world record in France 10 Jun 2022
A woman standing on a podium between two men in wheelchairs
Yuliya Chernoy of Israel standing on the podium after her triumph in the R3 - mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1 in Chateauroux
By Vagner Vargas | For World Shooting Para Sport

Four days into the first Shooting Para Sport World Cup of the season, in Chateauroux, France, seven countries have already secured quota places for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Poland and France earned two quotas each, while China, Hungary, Israel and Thailand complete the list of nations qualified to compete two years from now in the French capital.

Gold medallist in the R3 - mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1, Israel’s Yuliya Chernoy beat Matt Skelhon from Great Britain, who finished with silver, and bronze medallist Radoslav Malenovsky from Slovakia, to earn the qualification spot for her country.

Chernoy scored 254.4 points and defeated Skelhon by a small margin of 0.5.

“I was very nervous, anxious, and excited. But when I started shooting in the final everything just felt right. At first I didn’t really undesrtand I was in first place. When I turned around to talk to my coach and he came jumping towards me, that’s when I understood,” celebrated the Israeli.

“This was the first competition in the road to Paris 2024. My goal is to do my best there.”

Despite not achieving the quota, Skelhon had reasons to celebrate his performance in Chateauroux.

“My training has not been perfect recently, so being in the final was a good thing for me. To shoot really well and end up with the silver made me crazy happy,” said Skelhon, who has yet another opportunity to compete in the World Cup. 

On Sunday he shoots in the R6 - mixed 50m rifle prone SH1.

World record for Poland

The VI-P - mixed 10m air rifle VI prone has a new world record holder. Poland’s vision impaired athlete Barbara Moskal dominated the event to take the gold medal and set the new mark.

The former record belonged to Timo Herman Nystrom from Finland since 2019, and stood at 242.3 points. On Thursday, Moskal finished the competition in Chateauroux with impressive 247.8.

Spain’s Ager Solabarrieta Txakartegi came second with 243.1 points, which would also be a world record, while Grzegorz Klos from Poland ended with the bronze medal.

Chateauroux 2022 continues until Sunday (12 June). The competition is the biggest-ever World Cup with 270 athletes from 50 countries.

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