RWS at the 2017 European Air Gun Championships in Slovenia

For the first time, the final rounds of the European air gun championships in Maribor (Slovenia) are being broadcast live. On March 10 & 11, 2017, the competition will be shown on Sportdeutschland.TV.

Working together with the German Shooting Sport and Archery Federation (DSB) and partner WALTHER, we have made it possible for all German shooting sports fans to experience the European air gun championships live and up close. This year, they will be able to experience the competition live from the comfort of their very own living room couch.

ZDF commentator Tibor Meingast, who is known as the "Voice of Rio," will be reporting from the competition. He will be assisted by Maik Eckhardt and Monika Karsch. Eckhardt is probably the most successful sport marksman in Germany. He represented Germany at the Olympic Games five times, and is known for his expertise in the rifle discipline. For the pistol competitions on Saturday, Monika Karsch, who won an Olympic silver medal in 2016, will be lending her expertise as a co-commentator.

The European championships will take place at two venues in Maribor. The qualifying rounds will take place in the Dras Center, and the finals will be held around 400 meters away, in the Hotel Habakuk. The ESC itself is elevating the mixed competitions to the level of a European Championship, and in doing so is now ahead of the ISSF, which intends to replace three disciplines with mixed competitions.

The team of commentators led by Tibor Meingast will be on site starting from Friday morning, and will be reporting live until the last competition on Saturday afternoon. We are excited to find out how the German marksmen and -women will perform.

This is because this year's German team features new partner combinations and budding new shooters. The Reitz family will be taking part in a European air gun championship as a team for the very first time. Apart from the Olympic medalist Christian Reitz, two successful marksmen from Bärbel Georgi's junior cohort will also form the men's team: Junior World Champion Alexander Kindig and Junior European Champion Michael Schwald.

We wish all German marksmen and -women the best of success at the competitions! RWS ammunition is available here: https://rws-munition.de/en/rws-sportshooting-area/rws-sport-ammunition/rws-air-gun-pellets-for-sport-shooters.html

Schedule:

Wednesday, 3/8/2017:

9:00 a.m. - Air Pistol, Women's Junior
10:45 a.m. - Air Rifle, Men's Junior

Thursday, 3/9/2017:

9:15 a.m. - Air Rifle, Women's Junior
11:00 a.m. - Air Pistol, Men's Junior
3:45 p.m. - Air Rifle, Mixed Junior
5:15 p.m. - Air Pistol, Mixed Junior

Friday, 3/10/2017:

11:30 a.m. - Men's Air Pistol Finals
1:15 p.m. - Women's Air Pistol Finals

Saturday, 3/11/2017:

11:30 a.m. - Women's Air Pistol Finals
1:30 p.m. - Men's Air Rifle Finals
3:15 p.m. - Mixed Air Pistol Finals
4:45 p.m. - Mixed Air Rifle Finals

German participants at the European Championships 10 m Rifle/Pistol:

Women's pistol: Sandra Reitz (Regensburg), Stefanie Thurmann (Frankfurt/Oder), Julia Hochmuth (Ludwigsburg); Men: Christian Reitz (Regensburg), Alexander Kindig (Burgau), Michael Schwald (Lörrach-Hauingen); Women's Junior: Lea Kleesattel (Langenpreising), Miriam Piechaczek (Königsberg), Jessica Schrader (Neuenhäusen); Men's Junior: Nils Strubel (Walldorf), Alexandar Todorov (München), Robin Walter (Grüntal-Frutenhof).

Women's rifle: Selina Gschwandtner (Reischach), Katharina Kösters (Kevelaer), Lisa Müller (Weingarten); Men: Maximilian Dallinger (Lengdorf), Julian Justus (Homberg/Ohm), Robin Zissel (Burgwald); Women's Junior: Anna Janshen (Kevelaer), Jana Heck (Petersberg), Verena Schmid (Greding); Men's Junior: Bastian Blos (Solingen), David Koenders (Mossautal), Maximilian Simbeck (Dingolfing).

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