27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Rehearsal went well

The 4th World University Sport Shooting Championship, a test event ahead of the 27th Summer Universiade, has come to an end on Sunday, September 9th.

Shooters of eight national teams grabbed medals of various colours in five events. Trap and Skeet had four sets of medals each but there were only two sets of medals in Double Trap.  

Italy won five gold medals in total and got the best result at the championship. The Italian shooters outclassed the rest of the competitors in the men's and women's individual Trap, women's team Trap and men's individual Skeet and Double Trap. Three silvers were also claimed by the Italians in the men's team Trap, Skeet and Double Trap. 

The Russian national team has been seriously gearing up for the 4th World University Sport Shooting Championship, and the national team selection process, whose purpose was to assemble only best shooters of Russia, paid off completely. Nevertheless, some members of the national team failed to meet medal expectations of the coaching staff. 

It's only women's Skeet where Russia's hunt for medals was fruitful both in the individual and team competitions, and other medal events, both men's and women's, were not a medal winning success for our national team. As a result, the hosts earned eight medals (four golds, two silver and two bronzes) and finished second in the medals count.  

Compared with the performance of Russian shooters at the London 2012 Olympics, our national student team's impressive form at the 4th World University Sport Shooting Championship deserves respect. But in the same context the Italians were class above their rivals at the Sviyaga Shooting Complex. 

The very fact that athletes from eight various countries won medals of the championship is good news. The nations that won medals are the Czech Republic (one gold, one silver), Kazakhstan (two silvers, two bronzes) and Poland (one silver, one bronze). Shooters of other countries also climbed onto the podium: the USA (one silver), Slovakia (two bronzes) and Cyprus (two bronzes). Apart from these nations, next year, during the 2013 Summer Universiade, Kazan will welcome China and Germany that couldn't have come for this championship. Korea, Australia, Hungary and Great Britain will send more powerful shooters to the World University Games next summer. 

Speaking about Russia's performance at the championship, we can add that the national team, that will be the host of the 2013 Summer Universiade next year, has every chance to strengthen up in each medal event. And if in men's Trap and Double Trap, and women's Skeet our national team has no match, other Shooting events will be quite challenging next year. 

Although they say that the qualification for the 4th World University Sport Shooting Championship was objective, we should admit that the point system doesn't fully reflect the true balance of powers and coaches have no right to invite shooters at their own discretion.

As far as the Sviyaga Shooting Complex is concerned, once again the personnel of the Shooting venue proved that they can stage the competitions at the highest possible level. Surely, they already had the experience of hosting the European Shotgun Shooting Championship, but the test event of the 2013 Summer Universiade had stricter requirements. And the personnel established a perfect teamwork with employees of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate. In other words, the 4th WUC Sport Shooting organisers coped with their task well. 


Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate