Shooting preview: Chinese Zhu to defend air rifle crown 2008-08-10 15:04:16   Print

    BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Monday is expected to be an exciting day for the Chinese people as their Athens Olympic champion Zhu Qinan is defending his title at the men's 10-meter air rifle and markswoman Liu Yingzi is to compete in women's trap.

    Zhu, who jumped to fame in 2004 by winning gold in both the Olympics and World Cup Final, has also pocketed at least six World Cup titles. The 24-year-old holds the Olympic records of the discipline in the qualification and the final.

    Competing with him is Cao Yifei from the quake-ravaged Sichuan Province. The 20-year-old just added a 2008 World Cup silver to his Asian Championships bronze in 2007.

    One of the pair's major challengers is Thomas Farnik from Austria, who set the world record at the 2006 World Cup Final.

    Indian shooter Gagan Narang is also competitive. He was crowned at the 2005 Asian Championships and the World Cup in Guangzhou in 2006.

    Sydney Olympic champion Debevec Rajmond from Slovenia, 45, is likely to make a breakthrough this time.

    And don't forget Hungarian Peter Sidi, who bagged two golds, two silvers and two bronzes in the World Cup. He was silver medalist in the 2007 World Cup Final.

    In the women's trap, Chinese world champion Liu Yingzi will face DPR Korean shooter Pak Yong Hui, Russian shooter Irina Laricheva and Canadian veteran Sue Nattrass.

    Pak won a bronze at the Asian Championships last year and a silver at the Good Luck Beijing Olympic test event this April.

    Irina Laricheva, 44, was gold medalist of the 2001 World Championships. She got a bronze and a silver in shotgun World Cups this year.

    Nattrass was the oldest markswoman, who will be 58 this November. She has been crowned in seven World Championships since 1974, the latest being the 2006 Zagreb worlds.

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