Slovakia’s Veronika Vadovicova smashed the R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1) qualification world record on the opening day of competition at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday (15 March).
Vadovicova, a world and European champion across rifle events, registered 639.7 to break the previous best of South Korea’s Jae Yong Sim from 2013.
The 33-year-old then went on to claim gold in the final with a 209.8 score, her second win of 2016.
The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Abdullah Sultan Alaryani (209.4) at one point managed to draw level with Vadovicova but could not maintain his score and finished with silver.
Norway’s Paul Aksel Johansen (188.2) was third.
Alaryani was the lead scorer in the UAE’s gold medal winning trio in the team event. He sealed the win alongside Abdullah Saif Alaryani and Obaid Aldahmani for a combined score of 1896.4.
Thailand were pleased with their silver medal on home soil, as Chutima Saenlar, Atidet Intanon and Suthat Rodtapao scored 1894.8.
France finished with team bronze courtesy of Cedric Fevre, Christophe Tanche and Didier Richard (1892.1).
Ukraine’s Oleksii Denysiuk once again showed why he will be the athlete to watch at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with a win over Turkey’s European champion Korhan Yamac.
Denysiuk was victorious in P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1) for his third win in pistol competitions since making his international debut just under a year ago.
He came back from a second-placed qualification performance to finish ahead of Yamac who took home silver.
South Africa’s Von Zeuner Kohne, on his road to his first Paralympic Games, claimed bronze.
In the team event South Korea’s Juhee Lee, Youngkyun Seo and Aeekyoung Moon (1612) were the victors ahead of Thailand’s Sommai Atsa, Ittipat Maneejak and Niwat Khruekkruenchit (1578) with silver.
Back on the rifle range, Slovenia’s Gorazd Francek Tirsek claimed gold ahead of Ukraine’s European champion Vasyl Kovalchuk in R4 (mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2).
Tirsek (211.7) led throughout the final to take the win ahead of Kovalchuk (210.2). Kuwait’s Atef Aldousari (187.6) completed the podium with bronze.
Live results from Bangkok are available online.
Action continues on Wednesday (16 March) with P1 (men’s 10m air pistol SH1), P5 (mixed 10m air pistol standard SH1), R8 (women’s 50m rifle three positions SH1) and R1 (men’s 10m air rifle standing SH1).