ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022: Preview, schedule, how to watch Trap and Skeet stars

by Keven S. Reinhart
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In Croatia, 633 competitors representing 77 nations will compete for more than simply global crowns at the 2022 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships Shotgun.

The Osijek tournament offers direct qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics, with 16 quota spots to be awarded in the individual events – 8 in Trap and 8 in Skeet.

There are world titles to be won in men’s and women’s team competitions (three shooters each) and mixed teams (one woman and one man) in Skeet and Trap, which could be crucial for Olympic selection with only one entire season of World Cup events remaining before the 2024 Games.

Many worlds and Olympic winners, medalists, and some newly crowned continental champions from the 2022 European Championship in Shotgun will be in attendance.

The action from the event may be seen live on Olympic Channel by visiting Olympics.com. Continue reading for more information on how to watch and the athletes expected to win the titles in Croatia.

When and where will the ISSF World Championships Shotgun 2022 be held?

The ISSF World Championships Shotgun for Skeet and Trap in 2022 will be held in Osijek, Croatia, in central Europe.

The event will be placed at Shooting Range Pampas. It has five combined Trap/Double Trap/Skeet ranges.

The trap competition for elite senior shooters will be from Monday, September 26, to Friday, September 30, 2022.

The Skeet events will occur from Friday, October 7, to Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

The whole program, including details on the Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifier finals, is available below.

Trap stars in action at the World Championships Shotgun in 2022:

Ji Lipták, who won gold in the men’s strap at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and recently won the European title, is on the start list in Croatia and will be the man to beat. His Czech Republic compatriot David Kosteleck, who claimed silver in Tokyo to add to his 2008 gold, and Britain’s Olympic men’s Trap medalist Matthew Coward Holley will also compete, as the whole podium from the individual event at the last Olympics will be represented.

Zuzana Rehák-tefeeková, another defending Olympic champion, will compete in Slovakia’s women’s Trap event. Catherine Skinner, Australia’s Olympic gold medalist from Rio 2016, will also compete. The Aussies also have mixed Trap duo James Willett and Laetisha Scanlan, who will be looking to defend their world title, which they won in 2019 in Lonato del Garda, Italy.

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They’ll face Olympic mixed trap gold medalists Fátima Gálvez and Alberto Fernández from Spain. Gianmarco Berti and Alessandra Perilli, San Marino’s first Olympic silver medalists after finishing second in the mixed Trap team event at Tokyo 2020, will also be there. Perilli also has an individual bronze medal and will be attempting her first global crown.

Keep an eye out for Italy in the team events; they won men’s and women’s continental golds in Larnaca. Cristina Vitali, an Olympian, is the only shooter from those title-winning lineups to be chosen for these worlds.

Many French contingents, including European bronze medallist Carole Cormenier, will be eager to impress less than two years after their home Games. At the same time, other names of note iTrapap include former African champion Fowad Abid from Algeria, India’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Shreyasi Singh, Britain’s Lucy Hall, who recently won silver in Cyprus, and the Finnish women’s team, who are all due to compete in Croatia.

Shooters to keep an eye on at the 2022 World Championships Shotgun:

The USA Skeet squad is led by reigning Olympic champion Vincent Hancock. In the men’s event, he’ll be joined by Dustan Taylor and Christian Elliott, while the US women’s team includes Dania Vizzi, Sam Simonton, and Austen Smith. They beat out five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode for their three spots in Croatia.

The Tokyo 2020 medallists include reigning world champion and Olympic silver medalist Marcus Svensson and the silver winner and 2013 world champion Jesper Hansen of Denmark.

Amber Hill (pictured) will represent the United Kingdom after winning the European title in Larnaca. Eric Delaunay of France will be looking to improve on his fifth-place performance at the Olympics. Andrea Benelli, the 62-year-old Italian Skeet Team Technical Director who won gold in Athens in 2004 and has nine world medals to his name, is among Italy’s starters.

Other notable names in the Skeet competition include Mairaj Ahmad Khan of India, a two-time Olympian, and Yerjanik Avetisyan of Armenia (women’s Skeet), who previously won three world championship medals representing Russia.

Qatar’s Olympic medalist and four-time Dakar Rally race winner Nasser Al-Attiyah, Kuwait’s two-time Olympic medalist Abdullah Al-Rashidi, and UAE’s ruling family member Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum are among the Middle Eastern contingent.

Shooters will also seek to make a name for themselves in the new Olympic discipline of Mixed Team Skeet, which will debut in Paris in 2024.

Qualifying for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 from the 2022 World Championships Shotgun in Osijek:

The ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022 will give 16 Olympic quota slots for Paris 2024.

Men’s Trap, women’s Trap (both finals on September 28), men’s Skeet, and women’s Skeet will all be awarded in individual event finals (both finals on October 9).

  • TRAP Men = 4 quota places on offer.
  • TRAP Women = 4 quota places on offer.
  • SKEET Men = 4 quota places on offer.
  • SKEET Women = 4 quota places on offer.

These quota spots are given to the national Olympic committee (NOC) rather than the individual athlete.

Because of their accomplishments at the 2022 European Championships, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Italy, and Germany have already secured Trap quota berths for Paris 2024.

The Skeet spots available at Larnaca were claimed by Italy, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, and Sweden.

ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022: Schedule and start times for trap competitions:

Junior Trap age group individual and team competitions took place from Tuesday, 20 to Saturday, September 24, 2022, following the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

The Elite Trap tournament runs from Monday, September 26, to Friday, September 30.

Medal events are highlighted in red. All times are in Osijek, Croatia, and Central European Summer Time (CEST), two hours ahead of GMT/UTC.

Sunday, September 25 2022

  • Pre-event training day – Men and Women

Monday, September 26 2022

  • 08:30 – 16:00 CEST- Trap Men Day 1
  • 08:30 – 16:00 CEST – Trap Women Day 1

Tuesday, September 27 2022

  • 08:30 – 16:00 CEST – Trap Men Day 2
  • 08:30 – 16:00 CEST – Trap Women Day 2

Wednesday, September 28 2022

  • 08:30 – 12:30 CEST – Trap Men Day 3
  • 08:30 – 12:30 CEST – Trap Women Day 3
  • 13:45 CEST onward – Final Trap Women – Paris 2024 quota spots available – Watch on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com live.
  • 15:30 CEST onward – Final Trap Men – Paris 2024 quota spots available – Watch on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com live.

Thursday, September 29 2022

  • 08:35 – 13:45 CEST- Trap Mixed Team
  • 15:30 CEST onward – Final Trap Mixed Team – Watch on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com live.

Friday, September 30 2022

  • 08:15 – 14:45 CEST – Trap Team Men
  • 08:15 – 14:45 CEST – Trap Team Women
  • 15:45 CEST onward – Final Trap Team Women
  • 16:55 CEST onward – Final Trap Team Men

*All times are approximate and subject to change. The whole schedule is accessible on the ISSF website here.

Schedule and start timings for the ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022

Individual and team contests for Junior Skeet age groups will be held from Saturday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 5.

ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022 The Elite Skeet competition runs from Friday, October 7, until Tuesday, October 11.

Medal events are highlighted in red. All times are in Osijek, Croatia, and Central European Summer Time (CEST), two hours ahead of GMT/UTC.

Thursday, October 6 2022

  • Pre-event training day – Men and Women

Friday, October 7 2022

  • 08:30 – 16:15 CEST – Skeet Men Day 1
  • 08:30 – 16:15 CEST – Skeet Women Day 1

Saturday, October 9 2022

  • 08:30 – 16:15 CEST – Skeet Men Day 2
  • 08:30 – 16:15 CEST – Skeet Women Day 2

Sunday, October 9 2022

  • 08:30 – 12:35 CEST – Skeet Men Day 3
  • 08:30 – 12:35 CEST – Skeet Women Day 3
  • 13:45 CEST onward – Final Skeet Women – Paris 2024 quota spots available – Watch on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com live.
  • 15:30 CEST onward – Final Skeet Men – Paris 2024 quota spots available –Watch on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com live.

Monday, October 10 2022

  • 08:00 – 14:20 CEST – Skeet Mixed Team
  • 16:00 CEST onward – Final Skeet Mixed Team – Watch on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com live.

Tuesday, October 11 2022

  • 08:00 – 14:20 CEST – Skeet Team Men
  • 08:00 – 14:20 CEST – Skeet Team Women
  • 15:30 CEST onward – Final Skeet Team Women
  • 16:25 CEST onward – Final Skeet Team Men

All times are approximate and subject to change. The whole schedule is accessible on the ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022 website here.

The ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022 are followed by the World Rifle/Pistol Championships in Cairo (12-25 October), a Paris 2024 qualifier that can be seen live on Olympic Channel.

How to Watch the ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022 Skeet and Trap Finals and the Paris 2024 Qualifier Finals:

The finals ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022, which award direct quota berths to the Paris 2024 Olympics, will be broadcast live on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com, with replays and highlights clips available.

The action from the shotgun ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022 will also be broadcasted by the organizer’s broadcast and digital live streaming partners and through the ISSF World Championships Shotgun Osijek 2022 Livestream and YouTube channels. Complete details can be found here.

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