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Duestad helped the women to team silver in the shooting European Championships – came fourth individually in the 50 m match

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Jeanette Hegg Duestad is ready for the EC final in the rifle 50 meter match. Photo: Erik Flaaris Johansen / NTB

Of NTB | 28.05.2024 17:53:00

Sport: Chara Leone from Switzerland was clearly the best in the qualification and followed up with a clear victory in the final. Duestad hung on until only four shooters remained, but had to watch Julia Piotrowska and Emely Jäggi take silver and bronze.

Duestad was third best in the qualification and competed in the final on Tuesday afternoon with the ambition of following up Jon-Hermann Hegg’s gold a few hours earlier in the same exercise for men.

She didn’t get the start she wanted. After the 15 shots in kneeling, she was in 5th place, 1.9 points behind leader Darja Tsjuprys. After 15 shots lying down, she was down to joint last place and 3.4 points behind Leone.

In the final, there were 152.7 points in kneeling, 155.0 in lying and 132.4 on the 13 shots she was allowed to fire before she was eliminated.

In qualifying, Duestad scored 591 points after 195 in kneeling, 199 in lying and 197 in standing. Chiara Leone was the best with 594.

– It was very good technically. I became a bit passive in the kneeling position, but I am very satisfied that I carried out and did the job throughout the match, said Duestad.

In the men’s class, both Jon-Hermann Hegg and Henrik Larsen made it to the final, and Hegg was again European champion.

Together with Ole Martin Halvorsen, they also won gold in the team competition. This resulted in two golds and a silver for the Norwegian rifle shooters in Osijek on Tuesday.

In standing, Duestad was in danger of being among the first to be eliminated, but with a good series she climbed from 8th to 5th place before the last five shots. With 10.7, 10.1 and 10.3 she also climbed to 4th place, but it was too far to reach the top three.

Jenny Stene was number 12 with 588 points and Mari Bårdseng Løvseth number 23 with 586 points. Altogether, it held Norwegian silver in the team competition, eight points behind Switzerland.

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