Kovalchuk finds redemption at shooting Grand Prix

The two-time Paralympic champion closed the Grand Prix in Szczecin with R5 gold. 29 Apr 2017
Ukraine's Vasyl Kovalchuk took gold ahead of Finnish world champion Minna Leinonen at a 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup.

An incredibly close final saw Ukraine's Vasyl Kovalchuk take victory in R5 over the reigning world champion, Finland's Minna Leinonen at the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup Stoke Mandeville.


After just missing out on gold earlier in the competition, Ukraine’s Vasyl Kovalchuk found redemption on the last day of the World Shooting Para Sport Grand Prix in Szczecin, Poland on Saturday (29 April).

The two-time Paralympic champion claimed the R5 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2), additionally completing a strong showing for Ukraine, who are leaving with six medals – four of them gold.

Despite an even score earlier in Saturday’s elimination round, Kovalchuk shot no less than 10.7 in his next few rounds to hold on for the 255.3 win. Serbia’s Dragan Ristic (254.7) could not match Kovalchuk’s accuracy to finish runner-up, followed by Germany’s Michael Beutel (232.6).

Complete results from the Grand Prix in Szczecin are available on World Shooting Para Sport’s website.

Next up is the International Shooting Competition of Hannover in Germany form 4-17 May.