South Korea do the triple at shooting World Cup

India also take their first Paralympic quota place in Fort Benning, USA. 07 Nov 2015
A shooter calms himself during a match

India secured their first shooting quota spot thanks to quadruple Paralympian Naresh Kumar Sharman.

Sungwon Jang and Su Wan Kim claimed victory for South Korea on the penultimate day of competition at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Fort Benning, USA, on Friday (6 November).

Jang’s performance also contributed to his country securing the triple with the team gold in P1 (men’s 10m air pistol SH1).

The 38-year-old left it until the final stages of the match to execute an overtake on Ukrainian world record holder Oleksii Denysiuk, outscoring him in the sixth elimination round.

In the final round, Denysiuk (192.3) dropped to an 8.4 with his last shot as Jang (194.9) held onto his lead.

Roy Carter (172.5) completed the podium with bronze, at the same time taking another Rio 2016 Paralympic Games quota place for Great Britain alongside teammate Stewart Nangle.

Jang, with compatriots Chul Park and Seonghee Kim claimed the team gold with 1697.

Hosts USA (1644) were pleased with silver courtesy of Eric Hollen, Mike Tagliapietra and Shaun Tichenor. The Turkish trio of Yunus Bahceci, Murat Oguz and Cevat Karagol (1638) took bronze.

South Korea’s third gold came on the rifle range, with a strong performance from Wan (446.3) who led throughout R7 (men’s 50m rifle three positions SH1).

A strong prone round for Ukraine’s Iurii Stoiev (445.9) contributed to his silver, ahead of the United Arab Emirates’ Worlds silver medallist Abdullah Sultan Alaryani (435.4) in bronze.

India secured their first shooting quota spot thanks to quadruple Paralympian Naresh Kumar Sharman. Russia’s Andrey Kozhemyakin was also successful in his bid for Brazil.

Turkey’s Aysegul Pehlivanlar (188.9) claimed victory in P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1), and at the same time won her country’s latest ticket to Rio 2016.

Pehlivanlar trailed teammate Aysel Ozgun (187.4) for most of the competition, but a 8.0 in the sixth elimination round spelled disaster for Ozgun, and allowed her fellow countrywoman to capitalise on her mistake.

Hungary’s world and European’s medallist Krisztina David (169.5) was also in the running for gold, until a 6.9 put her out of contention and she took bronze.

The 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup features nearly 180 athletes from 48 countries and is the final opportunity for shooters to secure quota places for their country at Rio 2016.

Action concludes on Saturday (7 November) with R5 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2), R6 (mixed 50m rifle prone SH1) and P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1).

Live results are available at IPC Shooting's live results page.

Photos are available at Flickr.

A list of athletes who have obtained quota places for their country for Rio 2016 can be found at IPC Shooting's website.