Victoria’s Sergei Evglevski produced another world class performance in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol when the Australian Olympic Shooting team competed in a national online event from Shepparton.
With COVID-19 border restrictions preventing all athletes contesting from one location, athletes competed simultaneously across the country on electronic targets.
Evglevski, who will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo next month, registered an outstanding qualifying score of 585 from a possible 600 points before equalling his Australian record of 32 hits from a possible 40 in the final.
Evglevksi’s qualifying scores would have earned him a place in both the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2018 ISSF World Championship finals, while his score in the final would have snared the 2016 Olympic Games silver medal and a shoot-off for gold at the 2018 World Championships.
Evglevski, aged 23, won the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol silver medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and is the son of five-time Olympian and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games women’s 25m Pistol bronze medallist, Lalita Yauhleuskaya.
In a further confidence boost for the Australian Olympic Shooting team, four-time Olympian Dan Repacholi and 2016 Rio Olympian, Elena Galiabovitch, also produced world class performances.
Competing in the Open 10m Air Pistol, Repacholi registered his best qualifying score of the year when recording 582 points from a possible 600 points – a tally which would have earned him a place in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2018 ISSF World Championship finals.
Galiabovitch backed up her outstanding qualifying score of 585 points from a possible 600 in the women’s 25m Pistol at the Brisbane Cup earlier this month, with an impressive tally of 581 points.
In the final, Galiabovitch equalled her Australian record of 36 hits from a possible 50 shots – a total which would have seen her claim the bronze medal at the 2018 ISSF World Championships.
Galiabovitch also recorded her best women’s 10m Air Pistol qualifying score of the year when registering 573 points.
The Pistol members of the Australian team travel to Brisbane today ahead of the Australian Olympic Shooting team’s 14-day Pre-Tokyo Staging camp which commences on Sunday.