Israeli shooter Richter wins medal at Baku, qualifies for Rio Olympics

Shooter Sergey Richter won Israel’s second medal in as many days at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan on Tuesday, ending the men’s 10-meter air rifle competition in third place to qualify for next summer’s Rio Olympics.

The 26-year-old former European champion recorded a result of 185.5 in the final and picked up the one and only Olympic quota on offer in Baku, as the two shooters who finished ahead of him had already secured their place in Brazil.

"I had a tough season because I kept coming up short in my quest to qualify for Rio," said an elated Richter, who also represented Israel at London 2012. "The pressure ahead of Baku was unbearable and it took me a few seconds to regain my composure in the final once I realized I clinched my place in the Olympics."


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