This morning in Suhl, Germany, competition officially started at the IPC Shooting World Championships with the men’s R1 10m air rifle standing SH1 qualification event. South Korean Jinho Park set a new world record, with a score of 626.8. He qualified through to the final as the top competitor. In the process, he also assisted his team in setting a new team world record in the event with a team score of 1853.9.
Sweden’s Jonas Jakobsson, China’s Chao Dong, South Korea’s Jinhwa Jeon and Seungchul Lee, Ukraine’s Andri Doroshenko and IIuri Stoiev, and Germany’s Josef Neumaier also qualified through to the finals. More than thirty other shooters did not, including competitors from Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates, France, Serbia, Turkey, Great Britain, Australia, Chinese Taipei, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Croatia, Italy, Slovakia, Denmark, Ireland, India and Poland.
Qualification has also finished for the women’s R1 10m air rifle standing SH1 qualification event. Slovakia’s Veronika Vadovicova was the top ranked finisher in qualification. Great Britain’s Mandy Pankhurt, South Korea’s Yunri Lee, China’s Shibei Dang, Australia’s Elizabeth Kosmala, Germany’s Manuela Schmermund and Sabine Brogle, and Turkey’s Cagla Bas also made it through qualification.
The world championships are the first opportunity for shooters to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.