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Review and results: 2017 10 m European Championships

Air rifle sport shooter at the 2017 European Championships
The 2017 10 m European Championships in Maribor was the first major sporting event in the shooting year following the Olympics.

This year’s Air Shooting European Championships of the European Shooting Confederation took place in Maribor, Slovenia, from March 9 to 12, 2017. The international 10 m title bouts for Rifle, Pistol and Running Target were held at the Draš sports facility and the Habakuk hotel complex. A total of 577 athletes from 46 European countries took part in the competitions. For many shooters, this was the first major sporting event in the shooting year following the Olympics. At the very forefront was a gold medal winner at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016: Christian Reiz won the European championship title with the air pistol.

The 2017 10 m European Championships were held according to the new competition rules of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) – as we previously reported. In addition, the newly created mixed competitions were featured for the excited spectators for the first time. The Mixed Team Events are the result of efforts to have greater gender equality in sport shooting and to ensure that shooting sports remain on the Olympic program.

Medal winners of Mixed Team Events:

DisciplineMedalNameCountry
Mixed air rifle – teamGoldAndrea Arsovic
Milutin Stefanovic
SRB

SilverDaria Vdovina
Vladimir Maslennikov
RUS

BronzeSelina Gschwandtner
Maximilian Dallinger
GER
Mixed air pistol – teamGoldZorana Arunovic
Damir Mikec
SRB

SilverKarine Pardon
Mathieu Perie
FRA

BronzeVitalina Batsarashkina
Vladimir Gontcharov
RUS
Mixed Team Event medal winners at the 2017 Air Shooting European Championships
2017 Air Shooting European Championships: The Serbian shooters were able to win the gold medal in the new Mixed Team Events with both the air rifle and the air pistol.

New Competition at the 2017 10 m European Championships

Moreover, a new team competition format was tested at the 2017 Air Shooting European Championships as well, whereby three shooters from each country stand in parallel on the shooting line. The qualification for the medal contest is through a preliminary with 20 shots each and the semifinal. The sum of the ring score of all three shooters is always counted in the preliminary.

During the medal contest, all of the athletes on the two teams – after being announced individually – each fire their shots within 45 seconds. After every shot, two points are awarded for the overall best ring score of the teams, with each team receiving one point if there is a tie. The team that first gets to 21 points wins this innovative team competition – however, the contests held in Maribor were still unofficial.

Hungary was able to best Croatia 21:19 with the air rifle. In the air pistol discipline, Germany lost to Sweden 12:22 in a back-and-forth match. The third place in the air pistol discipline was won by Italy against France 22:16.

Results of the 2017 Air Shooting European Championships at a glance

The shooters prepared for the contests with consistent training and an iron will in order to be able to shine with top performances in their prime disciplines. This is why the previous records in a few disciplines were broken over the course of the entire competition.

New World Records at a glance:

DisciplineOldNewNameCountryDate
Air rifle – men
Final
249,1250,5Vladimir MaslennikovRUS11. März 2017
Air pistol – men
Final
240,1241,6Christian ReitzGER10. März 2017
Air pistol – women
Final
240,8246,9Zorana ArunovicSRB11. März 2017
Running Target – men
Team
1.7341,739Vladislav Shchepotkin
Vladislav Prianishnikov
Maxim Stepanov
RUS10. März 2017
2017 Air Pistol European Champion, Christian Reitz
The Olympia champion in Rio, Christian Reitz, not only won the international championship title at the 2017 10 m European Championships, but also set a new record with the air pistol.

In the combined medals table for all competitions, Russia undisputedly won first place with a total of 32 medals: 14 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze medals. With a total of 18 medals – 6 gold, 10 silver and 2 bronze – Ukraine took second place ahead of third-place Serbia and fourth-place Hungary. The German shooters accumulated 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals, earning them fifth place in the overall ranking.


All in all, 108 medals were awarded to the best athletes in the various disciplines.

Gold Medal Winners at a glance:

DisciplineNameCountryDate
Air rifle – menVladimir MaslennikovRUS11. März 2017
Air pistol – menChristian ReitzGER10. März 2017
Running Target – menLukasz CzaplaPOL10. März 2017
Running Target Mix – menVladislav ShchepotkinRUS9. März 2017
Air rifle – womenSnjezana PejcicCRO10. März 2017
Air pistol – womenZorana ArunovicSRB11. März 2017
Running Target – womenGalina AvramenkoUKR10. März 2017
Running Target Mix – womenGalina Avramenko
UKR9. März 2017
Air rifle – men
Team
Vladimir Maslennikov
Sergey Kamenskiy
Evgeny Panchenko
RUS11. März 2017
Air pistol – men
Team
Nikolai Kilin
Vladimir Gontcharov
Artem Chernousov
RUS10. März 2017
Running Target – men
Team
Vladislav Shchepotkin
Vladislav Prianishnikov
Maxim Stepanov
RUS10. März 2017
Running Target Mix – men
Team
Vladislav Shchepotkin
Vladislav Prianishnikov
Maxim Stepanov
RUS9. März 2017
Air rifle – women
Team
Anastasiia Galashina
Yulia Karimova
Daria Vdovina
RUS10. März 2017
Air pistol – women
Team
Zorana Arunovic
Bobana Velickovic
Jasmina Milovanovic
SRB11. März 2017
Running Target – women
Team
Olga Stepanova
Julia Eydenzon
Irina Izmalkova
RUS10. März 2017
Running Target Mix – women
Team
Olga Stepanova
Julia Eydenzon
Irina Izmalkova
RUS9. März 2017
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