Chinese military women lead worlds after shooting event

12:49, August 29, 2010      

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The Chinese women lead the team standings after the first competition day of the 57th Military Pentathlon World Championships in Schaarsbergen.

Due to heavy rain the conditions in the Netherlands were far from perfect for the rifle shooting event. The Chinese men had to settle for 14th place so far.

Captain Hanna Unukava of Belarus was the best female shooter of the day with 197 points, which means 1,119 points for the pentathlon ranking. Brazilian Second Lieutenant Mellina Barbosa, Captain Ann Kristin Dyrkolbotn of Norway and Cadet Zhang Xue of China finished joint second. Chinese Second Lieutenant Liu Kun and Major Tian Linna shared sixth place and Cadet Gong Yanyan was ranked 21st.

The results of the first three women count for the nations rankings and China lead that rankings with a total of 3,308 points.

The Chinese men could not live up to expectations at the shooting event. Cadet Wang Maolin was the best Chinese shooter with 190 points, 1.070 for the pentathlon. Captain He Shugan, Cadet Xiang Yuan and Cadet Hu Weixue shared 64th place, First Lieutenant Wang Xiaokang stood in 72nd place and Cadet Chen Xueming posted a 94th position.

The overall pentathlon points of 4,476 were just enough for China's disappointing 14th position. First Corporal Brian Dasbjerg of Denmark, German Sergeant Nicky Jankowiak, Major Andrei Kudzin of Belarus and Danish First Lieutenant Kristian Paugan posted 199 points and a joint top spot. Denmark lead the overall pentathlon rankings for teams with 4.476 points.

The competitors had to conquer some heavy rain. "Yes we had some difficult weather, but looking at the results in the rain, the weather was not a major factor," Colonel Nico Spreij, chief of the Dutch delegation, told Xinhua. "Four times a 199 score tells it all, that's very good."

The weather conditions did force the organization to change the program for the coming days. "This afternoon we decided to transfer the individual obstacle course from Sunday to Tuesday", Spreij said.

"Hand-grenade throwing will now be scheduled for Sunday. The weather forecast predicts ninety percent chance of rain on Sunday compared to ten percent on Tuesday. To protect the safety of the athletes we had to take this decision."

The other scheduled disciplines of the Military Pentathlon World Championships will go on as scheduled until the final day of Thursday September 2.

Source: Xinhua


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