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Kohne shoots to bronze

By Mark Etheridge

Crack Paralympic marksman Von Zeuner Kohne wrapped up his competition year at a World Cup event in Sydney, Australia this week.

And the Johannesburg based shottist returns to South Africa with a bronze medal in the sport pistol event but didn’t fare quite as well in the air pistol or free pistol events.

In shooting events its all about achieving the MQS (Minimum Qualifying Score) as set down by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

MQS standards for the three events (sport, air and free pistol) are 545/600, 545/600 and 505/600 respectively and must be achieved at a World Cup event. Regional qualifying scores are less.

“I scored 549 in the sport and then the finals score took my total to 747.8. My finals were actually very good,” said Kohne on Wednesday. “In the air pistol I missed MQS by two points but I have achieved a MQS in the USA in this event.” Kohne ended 13th of 25 competitors in the air pistol.

Then in the free pistol he was only able to score 483, some way off the MQS. “I came second last in that event, a very bad shoot for me and a huge disappointment,” said Kohne.

So what lies ahead for Kohne. “Well scorewise this wasn’t a good competition for me so I’ll have to rethink my planning for next year. What was very positive for me is that I’m improving my Finals scores. Finals are only available at major international competitions and training is very difficult as you cannot duplicate those conditions locally, so I’m still pleased with my progress.”

On his Paralympic chances next year ÔÇô “My participation all depends on SASCOC. My understanding is that the team will be announced around April next year then I’ll know for sure if I’m in the team. For now though I’ll take a rest from sport until sometime in December when I’ll start compiling my training schedule, to start in January again.”


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