Eleanor Bezzina sets new standards in ladies’ 10m air rifle

Sunday, April 18, 2010, 10:23

Eleanor Bezzina, the newest maltese prodigy in Olympic air-pistol shooting, last night broke several records to win the highly contested air-pistol selection competitions at the Bidnija Airgun range. She became the first ever maltese female shooter to break the Olympic Minimum Qualifying Score of 365/400 by a margin of 6 points for a total score of 371 in the qualification round and an excellent 94.8 points in the final for a combined total record score of 465.8 points. This is also another new record for Malta. With this score she won gold ahead of Josette Calleja who also obtained a personal best score of 339/400 and an 81.9 points in the final for a total of 420.9 points to win the silver medal.

Eleanor Bezzina: New National Record in Air-Pistol Shooting

In the men’s air-pistol event, Ray Cacciattolo was the winner with a good score of 545/600 and a 93.0 points in the final for a total score of 638.0 points. In second place John Vincenti obtained a 409 in the qualification round and a 79.0 points in the final for a total score of 488.0 points. Patrick Azzopardi placed 3rd with only his qualification score of 469 points since he could not continue with the final.

During this competition the ladies also shot an additional 20 shots so that they could be classified with the men and the final result was that Eleanor became the first woman to win an “Open”air-pistol competition in Malta by again placing first with a best score ever of 647.8 points She was followed by Ray Cacciattolo on 638.0 points and Josette Calleja in 3rd position with 590.9 points. John Vincenti with 488.8 points and Patrick Azzopardi with 469 ended in 4th and 5th place respectively.

In the air-rifle event there were some surprises as well when a new Gozitan female shooter participated in the 10m air-rifle event for the first time. Rosanne Xerri obtained a remarkable score of 503/600 and an 83.8 points in the final (586.8 total points) to take the Silver medal after Michael Xuereb who with a score of 513 and 89.1points obtained a total final score of 602.1points to win this event. Austin Vella placed 3rd with a score of 445 + 74.9 points for a total final score of 519.9points.

It is with great satisfaction to note the rapid progress that especially this female shooting sport is making in Malta. Such great talent is being carefully nurtured at the Bidnija Shooting Clubs and this augurs very well for our future champions.

The competitions were judged by international ISSF referee Mr Gino Galea and assisted by Lawrence Darmanin and John Galea.





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