Top shooters will be active in Lonato del Garda again from tomorrow, as the Italian town stages the European Championship Shotgun. The event at the Trap Concaved shooting range comes hot on the heels of the World Championship Shotgun held there in July. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Shooting can get Olympic Shooting Tickets online.

Individual and team competitions are in trap double trap and skeet beginning tomorrow with qualification before the opening finals on Friday, September 6. Shooters competing at the continental event will be aiming not only for European glory but also for Tokyo Olympic 2020 quota places.

Two spots are available from the men’s and women’s individual trap and skeet for the Games in Japan’s capital next year. Action will continue in Lonato del Garda until September 16. The venue also staged last year’s inaugural Para-Trap Shooting World Championships, with an Opening Ceremony taking place today.

In total 401 shooters from 43 countries will take part in both senior and junior competitions on the programmer. The European Championships for rifle and pistol will be held at a separate venue but are also in Italy with Bologna playing host.

Competition there will take place between September 14 and 22. Nýdrle that arrived in Lonato having won the silver medal in the same discipline at last month’s European Games in Minsk hit 60 targets in the final to top the podium.

The Czech shooter ended the competition three in front of silver medalist Tammaro Cassandro part of the Italian squad which finished second in the team event at the 2018 World Championships in Changwon. Cassandro was 11 ahead of Britain’s Jeremy Bird, who did enough for the bronze medal with 46 targets.

The triumph for Nýdrle marked the biggest achievement of his career so far. Russian Zilia Batyrshina claimed the junior women’s skeet honors in the other final held today. Batyrshina secured the gold medal on 52 targets one more than Katharina Jacob of the United States could manage.

Jacob was forced to settle for silver by the narrowest of margins while Dutch shooter Esmee Van der Veen clinched bronze on 38 targets. The event is due to continue tomorrow. 

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