Richter claims Euro air rifle gold

“Richter has begun his road to Rio 2016 by winning the Championships and that is a truly impressive accomplishment.”

March 3, 2013 01:06
SERGEY RICHTER listens to Hatikva draped in the Israeli flag in Odense, Denmark.

richter370. (photo credit: Lior Medalel, Courtesy)

Sergey Richter put the disappointment of the London Olympics well and truly behind him on Friday, winning the gold medal in the 10-meter air rifle event at the European Championships in Odense, Denmark.

The 23-year-old shooter came agonizingly close to reaching the event’s final in London, missing out on a place in the last eight by a single position and a single point, recording a result of 595 out of 600.

He only advanced to the final from sixth place overall in Odense, but he was on top form when it mattered most, recording a result of 207.3 points in the final to claim the gold.

“I didn’t expect to win the European Championships,” Richter admitted. “I entered the event in good form after a couple months of hard work training with the Russian national team and my new coach. This achievement makes it all worth while.”

The director of Israel’s Elite Sport Department, Gili Lostig, was delighted with the consistent progress being made by Richter.

“Richter has begun his road to Rio 2016 by winning the European Championships and that is a truly impressive accomplishment,” Lostig said.

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