International 10 Meter Talent Break World Records At The H&N Cup 2019
The H&N Cup is a regular annual event for the world’s top 10 Meter air rifle and air pistol shooters. This year the 2019 H&N Cup kicked-off the shooting season with five days of high quality competition between 23 and 27 January.
It’s the first real stress test of the year for 10 M shooters. This attracts competitors from as far afield as the USA and India!
Our heading photograph, above, shows Mary Tucker from the USA who gained Second Place in the women’s Junior Air Rifle competition. Below we see Sarah Choe, another US competitor who won the women’s Junior Air Pistol competition. Great job by both ladies!
The venue was Munich, Germany, and the H&N Cup – sponsored by the famous pellet manufacturer – is organized under the auspices of the Bavarian Shooting Sport Federation (BSSB).
No less than 675 athletes from 48 nations compete in this major event. As you can see, the H&N Cup takes place in a beautiful indoor shooting hall. Competitors and participants can view the action using TV screens, for maximum enjoyment. The event was won by Russia, with Ukraine second and Germany third. The US team finished in seventh place.
The H&N Cup has grown since last year. Instead of three competition days in 2018, the event has expanded to five days for 2019.
Below. Alison Weisz from the USA placed third in women’s Air Rifle, behind Vita Bhardwaj of India and Isabella Straub of Germany.
Both air rifle and the air pistol events total 60 shots including finals. Another innovation for 2019 was the inclusion of two mixed-team competitions (air rifle and air pistol). These also proved to be a great success!
The level was consistently at world class. An example: a score of 630 in the qualification of the second event air rifle – men – was not enough to reach the final!
Another indication of the amazing quality of the competitors is that no less than five new world records were set at the 2019 H&N Cup.
The following world records were beaten in the 2019 H&N Cup:
– Air Pistol Men, Final: Chernousov, Russia with 245,4 (+1,4) and 245,6 (+1,6)
– Air Rifle Mixed, Qualification: Driagin / Galashina , Russia with 843,2 (+0,1)
– Air Rifle Mixed, Final: Sadangi / Sheoran, India with 502,9 (+0,9)
– Air Pistol Mixed, Qualification: Kostevych / Omelchuk, Ukraine with 792 (+14)
– Air Pistol Mixed, Final: Kostevych / Omelchuk, Ukraine with 488,3 (+0,2).
Outstanding athletes included:
Olena Kostevych from Ukraine with 3 Gold medals in air pistol (below).
Artem Chernousov from Russia with 2 Gold Medals in air pistol (below).
Filip Nepejchal from the Czech Republic with 2 Gold Medals in air rifle (below).
Russia led the medal ranking again with 9 medals, followed by Ukraine and Germany.
Thanks to H&N for supporting and running this major international event!