After pocketing the bronze medal five days ago in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle, Hungary’s Istvan Peni qualified for his first final in this event, climbing to the highest step of the podium and pocketing the brightest medal.
Nailing three outstanding prone position series, where he scored 52.1, 52.0 and 53.3 points, the Hungarian 20-year-old grabbed the lead of the match, and despite missing the 10th ring with four of his last five shots, he managed to maintain the top position and seal the gold with 458.4 points.
“It feels great, it’s been a great competition here in Gabala. I had pretty good scored in all three rifle events, and finally won my first gold, that I dedicate to my parents and my girlfriend who have always been very supportive all along my career,” he said.
“The main goal of the season for me is the ISSF Junior World Championship. It’s my last season as a junior shooter and I want to be remarkable,” concluded Peni.
After winning six World Cup golds out of six podium placements, 28-year-old Hui Zicheng of the People’s Republic of China scored 457.4 and pocketed his first silver in this event.
The bronze was delivered to Poland’s Tomasz Bartnik, who qualified for his second consecutive final after placing 8th in Munich (GER) a few weeks ago. The 27-year-old scored 444.4 points and secured the first international medal of his career.