Suhl 2014: Top pistol shooters to look out for

A total of 265 athletes from 53 countries will line up at the 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships from 18-23 July. 16 Jul 2014
Sergey Malyshev of Russia, wearing glasses, a visor and ear protection shoots his Mixed P3-25m Pistol at an indoor range at The Royal Artillery Barracks

Russia's Sergey Malyshev in action during the mixed P3-25m pistol - SH1 final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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Given his meteoric rise to the top of the rankings, Tagliapietra could just register a surprise result.

A series of Paralympic, world and European champions will line-up from 18-26 July for the biggest IPC Shooting World Championships in history.

A total of 265 athletes from 53 countries, including top-level pistol shooters, will compete at the Schießsportzentrum Suhl (SSZ) in Germany.

Follow competitions live here.

Krisztina David, Hungary

David is on the comeback from an injury that stopped her in her tracks after a fourth-placed debut at the 2010 World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

At the 2013 IPC Shooting European Championships in Alicante, Spain, she won a bronze medal in P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1), to beat FYR Macedonian Paralympic champion Olivera Nakovska-Bikova. Her upward turn in form continued into 2014 with a new P2 finals world record in March.

Yelena Taranova, Azerbaijan

A rival to Hungarian David, Taranova completed a shock victory at Alicante 2013 with a new P2 finals world record that David went onto claim in March 2014.

At Suhl 2014, the Baku resident will be looking to collect her first ever world title.

Sergey Malyshev, Russia

Double Paralympic silver medallist Malyshev is one of the best Russian shooters in the team. A current holder of the P5 (10m air pistol standard SH1) world record and European title, Malyshev also excels in the P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1).

Standing in his way is P5 world champion teammate Andrey Lebedinskiy who outscored Malyshev in the P3 Russian team.

Michael Tagliapietra, USA

Current world P3 world No.1 Tagliapietra is leading the charge at the worlds for team USA.

The former handcyclist only took up competitive shooting in 2012 and therefore Suhl 2014 will be his first major international competition aside from IPC Shooting World Cups.

Given his meteoric rise to the top of the rankings, Tagliapietra could just register a surprise result.

Jianfei Li, China

Li has medalled at every single Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000, including winning two golds. In 2010, the 36-year-old won P1 (men’s 10m air pistol SH1) world bronze, edging out Malyshev in the process.

In the absence of world champion and world record holder Korean Seakyun Park, Li could very well improve on his performance from four years ago.

The 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships begin with the Opening Ceremony on 18 July, before competition starts on 19 July.

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