IPC World Cup
Great Britain dominated the first International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Shooting World Cup event of the year in Szczecin, Poland, in March 2011, winning four out of seven events.
Great Britain dominated the first International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Shooting World Cup event of the year in Szczecin, Poland, in March, winning four out of seven events.
More than 100 shooters from 15 countries were in Poland for the event, which gave shooters the opportunity to reach the Minimum Qualification Standard for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The host nation of the London 2012 Games put in the strongest performances, claiming four gold medals. Three-time Paralympic Games gold medalist Deanna Coates took first place in the R2 Women’s 10m Individual Air Rifle Standing (SH1), as did Nathan Milgate in the R1 Men’s.
The Mixed 10m Air Rifle Standing (SH2) held victory for Richard Davies, and in the Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone - SH2 James Bevis also took gold.
Great Britain did not have its own way in all events, however. Russia claimed victory in three. Sergey Malyshev took first place in the P1 Men’s 10m Individual Air Pistol (SH1), and Marina Klimenchenko followed suit in the P2 Women’s. Tatiana Ryabchenko earned gold in the R3 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone (SH1).
The next World Cup event was April 26–29 in Turkey and again was an opportunity for athletes to attain the Minimum Qualification Standard for London 2012.
In addition to reaching the Minimum Qualification Standard, three World Cup events are scheduled to take place between May and November; they are Paralympic Qualification events. This means the winners in each category will earn extra places for London 2012 for their National Paralympic Committee (NPC). As of press time, more than 210 shooters from over 40 countries had registered for the competition in Spain in May.
At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, 140 athletes will compete in 12 medal events. Each NPC can be allocated a maximum of five places for athletes through the Direct Qualification Method. To be eligible for selection by an NPC, each athlete must be licensed, classified, and have achieved the Minimum Qualification Standard at least twice in an IPC-recognized competition.
For more information on IPC Shooting, visit www.ipc-shooting.org.
IPC World Cup
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