Korea on top at IPC World Cup

01With more than half the medals on offer going to South Korea, the final results were a one-sided affair at the IPC World Cup in Bangkok on 13-19 August – but that’s not to say the performances weren’t worth watching.

With 14 events, there were 42 medals to be won – and the Korean athletes grabbed no fewer than 22 of them.

Korea’s golds included the 10m air rifle SH1 gold medal for Youngkyun Seo, and Juhee Lee’s first-place finish in the 50m pistol mixed SH1.

Juyoung Kang was similarly triumphant in the 10m air rifle standing mixed SH2, while Seungchul Lee took top honours in the men’s SH1 version of the same event.

There were a number of strong non-Korean performances on display too, not least from Ukraine’s Vasyl Kovalchuk, who was inches away from a memorable hat trick with two golds and a silver.

Beijing 2008 Paralympic champion Veronika Vadovicova scored 204 to take gold in the women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1, while the UAE’s Abdulla Alaryani set a new world final record to scoop gold in the three-position rifle mixed SH1.

And there was even a medal for Great Britain: Owen Burke took bronze in the men’s air rifle standing SH1 behind – no prizes for guessing – two Koreans.

There were 140 athletes from 20 countries competing in this final stage of the IPC World Cup 2013. Next on the IPC calendar is the European Championships in Alicante, Spain, on 18-26 October.

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