More than 500 athletes coming from 72 countries participated in the 2012 ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Stage in Milan, Italy, which concluded yesterday.
With just over two months to go before the Olympic Games, the Milan shoot included almost all the top 10 athletes in each of the 10 Olympic rifle and pistol events.
The 50m Rifle Prone Men event closed this ISSF World Cup Stage, the second round of this year’s series.
Ukraine finished on top of the medal standings, with two gold medals won by the 2004 Olympic pistol champion Olena Kostevych, who triumphed in the 10m Air Pistol and in the 25m Pistol Women events.
The Czech Republic followed in second place, with one gold and three silver medals, thanks to Olympic rifle champ Katerina Emmons and the Olympic pistol medallist Lenka Maruskova.
Germany followed in third place, making it to the podium once again with one gold, two silver and one bronze, for a total of four awards.
The home shooters brought Italy in fourth place, with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, thanks to Niccolò Campriani (rifle), and to Giuseppe Giordano (pistol) and Marco De Nicolo (rifle) who won two medals on the last competition day.
The ISSF World Cup contenders are already in Munich, the ‘home’ of rifle and pistol shooting, where they are beginning the last ISSF World Cup Stage of the year, at the 1972 Olympic Shooting Range. It is also the last world-class shooting competition before the Olympic Games.