Jennifer McIntosh makes the final of the Women’s 3-Position Rifle event at the Maribor World Cup in Slovenia.
571-19x (KPS – 188; 194; 189) in the elimination round yesterday placed her in 16th, enough to go through to the Qualification stage today.

An improved 578-25x (KPS – 193; 196; 189) placed her in sixth in Qualification – enough to make the 8-athlete final. Although the leading qualifiers had shot well ahead, finishing 6 points ahead with 584, under the Start-From-Zero finals rules introduced last year, everyone starts level in the final, with everything to play for.

This is the first major international final Jen has qualified for since she also placed 6th at the Munich World Cup in 2012.

After a steady Kneeling stage that saw her ranking as high as second, Jen sat fourth going into the Prone phase. A wobbly moment in the second of the three Prone strings dropped her to 6th, before climbing back to 5th with a stonking final prone string of 52.5. Fighting off challengers from below, she had her work cut out going into the Standing phase, putting in a 48.0 and 50.8 to overtake Anzela Voronova of Estonia who had been leading Jen by a full 3.9 points before the Standing phase.

Despite having overtaken Vironova however, both the Estonian and Jen were leapfrogged by Huixin Zhao (CHN) who fought back from 6th to climb into 4th, holding Jen in 5th. With the 7th and 8th place shooters eliminated, the next shot was to decide 6th place, with Voronova only 0.1 behind Jen. A 9.8 was enough to overtake Jen’s 9.5 and scramble to safety, leaving Jen eliminated in 6th.

Jen’s father and coach, Donald McIntosh commented after the match:
“I’m happy that we have seen good progression in Jen’s 3P since the smallbore season started, with a run of consistent performances.

She dealt very well with tricky wind conditions on the qualification range here at Maribor, and with the very low light levels on the targets in the finals hall.”

This places Jen very solidly in the race for medals at the Commonwealth Games next month, with the World Championships looming in September, held this year in Granada, Spain.

Final results are available at the ISSF website.