World No.1 Istvan Peni of Hungary, who has found himself in a doping scandal after failing dope test at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, won the gold in Men’s 10m Air Rifle at the ongoing European Shooting Championship in Osikjek, Croatia.
The 24-year old Istvan has accused his teammate and former World No.1 Sidi Peter of mixing banned substances in his food during the recent ISSF World Cup in New Delhi. However, Sidi has denied the charges and said Istvan is putting the blame on him to hide his doping offence.
On Monday, Istvan put all of that behind and covered a reasonably big lead of 1.3 point in the last two shots to be tied with World No.7 Sergey Richter of Israel on 251.3. In the shoot-off Istvan registered a 10.7 against a 10.3 by Sergey to claim the gold.
“It’s hard to put into words what I feel after such a difficult time. Thank you all for the encouragement and lots of messages!” Istvan wrote on Facebook after winning the gold.
Vladimir Maslennikov of Russia, who shot the best qualification score of 631.8, took the bronze with 228.8.
The two Olympic quotas on offer were won by Milenko Sebic of Serbia and David Hrckulak of Czech Republic.
In the women’s event, Oceanne Marianne Muller of France won the quota and the gold with 251.5 (629.7), the second quota and the silver was won by Kaps Jessie of Belgium with 250.2 (628.5) while Sofia Ceccarello of Italy took the bronze with 228.5 (630.2).
Ziva Dvorsak of Slovenia who shot the best qualification score of 630.8 was the first to be eliminated on the 8th place.
Men’s 10m Air Rifle: 1. Istvan Peni (Hungary) 251.3 (S-Off 10.7) 629.9; 2. Sergey Richter (Israel) 251.3 (S-Off 10.3) 630.4; Vladimir Maslennikov (Russia) 228.8 (631.8).
Women’s 10m Air Rifle: 1. Oceanne Marianne Muller (France) 251.5 (629.7); 2. Kaps Jessie (Belgium) 250.2 (628.5); 3. Sofia Ceccarello (Italy) 228.5 (630.2).