Jean Quiquampoix (centre) celebrates on the podium alongside silver medallist Oliver Geis (left) of Germany and bronze medallist Song Jong Ho (right) of South Korea ©ISSF/Nicolò Zangirolami

France’s Jean Quiquampoix set a junior final world record of 29 hits on his way to winning the men’s 25 metres rapid fire pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Rifle and Pistol World Cup in Changwon, South Korea.

On his senior debut, the 19-year-old junior world champion beat Germany’s Oliver Geis by four hits to two in the last series with the pair tied on 25 after the penultimate final series.

Quiquampoix also claimed France’s first Olympic quota place in the event ahead of Rio 2016.

“I'm very happy for the quota because we have been waiting for that moment for a long time in France, it has been a long time since we had a quota in this event.” Quiquampoix said.

“I am not automatically qualified for the Games though.

“We will have an internal selection next year, and the best will head to Rio.

“I hope I will be the one."

Jean Quiquampoix defied his youth to take the men's 25m rapid fire pistol crown
Jean Quiquampoix defied his youth to take the men's 25m rapid fire pistol crown ©ISSF

Geis, ranked second in the world in the event, went into the medal match as the only athlete among the finalists whose country had already qualified for Rio 2016.

The 23-year-old secured an Olympic quota place for Germany at the 2014 ISSF World Championship in Granada, Spain, where he finished second in the senior event.

He started-off the round with three series of four hits, but then dropped down the leaderboard after hitting only two targets in the fourth. 

In his first World Cup final-six appearance, home athlete Song Jong Ho gained the bronze medal and also claimed a Rio 2016 berth for South Korea.

Five hits in the sixth series saw Song close the match on 24 having chased Quiquampoix and Geis from the outset.

The action in Changwon concludes tomorrow with the men’s 50m rifle three positions final.

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