Neumaier’s comeback wins R1 gold in Szczecin

Neumaier forced a tie with Greece’s Sotirios Galogavros entering the final round and left with the victory. 04 May 2016
Josef Neumaier of Germany

Josef Neumaier of Germany during the Men's R1-10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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Germany’s Josef Neumaier and Russia’s Sergey Malyshev both picked up gold on Tuesday (3 May), the penultimate day of the 2016 IPC Shooting World Cup in Szczecin, Poland.

Despite trailing Greece’s Sotirios Galogavros for most of the elimination rounds in the R1 (men’s 10m air rifle standing SH1), Neumaier (203.7) shot two 10.4s to bring him level with Galogavros (202.3) heading into the final round.

The London 2012 bronze medallist’s shot of 10.6 was enough to capture the R1 victory.

“It was a very good feeling to win a World Cup since 2010,” said Neumaier who is hoping Rio 2016 will be his fifth Paralympic Games. “It is great to hear and sing the national anthem from Germany.

“It was very hard for me in the qualification [rounds] because I had problems with my neck. After a massage from my trainers it was OK. … It was a good competition to prepare for Rio.”

Ukraine’s Andrii Doroshenko (183.0) finished third.

Russia’s Sergey Malyshev dominated the P1 (men’s 10m air pistol SH1), maintaining a steady lead through each round. His final score of 193.4 was enough for the win. The USA’s newcomer Marco De La Rosa (192.3) made waves to take the silver medal at only his second IPC Shooting competition, followed by Mongolia’s Ganbaatar Zandraa (171.9).

The World Cup in Szczecin concludes on Wednesday (4 May) with the P5 (mixed 10m air pistol standard SH1) and R5 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2).

While quota places for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have already been decided, shooters will continue to make their case for selection. Live results will be available at the IPC Shooting's website.

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