Lahti celebrates the centenary of the Finnish Shooting Sport Federation
The current ISSF World Cup in Lahti is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Finnish Shooting Sport Federation (FSSF). The ISSF President Vladimir Lisin has attended the competition and had a chance to personally congratulate Vesa Nissinen, the FSSF President and Anne Lantee, the FSSF Secretary General.
After the Trap Mixed Team competitions yesterday, the first part of the World Cup was concluded and the best Trap shooters are now making way for the best Skeet athletes.
In the Women’s Trap event, the home favourite Satu Makela-Nummela took the silver medal, to the delight of the public, and with it a quota place to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. On the podium she was surrounded by two Australians - Penny Smith, who won the gold and the other Olympic quota, as well as Laetisha Scanlan who finished third.
There was nobody with an Olympic quota among the finalists of the men’s Trap event. It meant the winner and the runner-up would claim a coveted Olympic ticket. After a dramatic competition, which went to a shoot off, the gold went to the Russian Alexey Alipov with the silver going to Joao Azeveda from Portugal. The winner of the bronze medal was Mauro De Filippis from Italy.
Both Medal Matches of the Trap Mixed Team event produced a battle between experience and youth. In both cases experienced prevailed. Topping the podium were Alessandra Perilli and Gian Marco Berti from San Marino. Youngsters Ali Selin and Marin Kirilov from Bulgaria were second, while the Italian duo of Silvana Stanco and Giovanni Pellielo won the bronze medals. They were just one target better than Safiye Sariturk and Murat Ilbilgi from Turkey, who missed out on the podium. In all, there were a bumper 44 Mixed Teams taking part in the event.
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