27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Shooter Luginets said that his desire to win gold at Universiade interfered with his performance

Russian Nazar Luginets has admitted that his desire to win gold at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, in the air rifle from 10 metres competition, prevented him from remaining composed.

Luginets won a silver medal in the final air rifle from 10 metre competition, losing by 1.3 points to the Chinese Liu Zhiguo, who collected 207.5 points for the gold medal. In the top three was another Russian Sergey Kruglov (185.4).

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Universiade. Day 9. Shooting sport © RIA Novosti/Valery Melnikov

“I'm not upset that I did not win the gold. I am sure that everything is still ahead, we will still win the gold in Kazan. The Chinese brought a young team, but with some famous athletes, who won the Junior World Championships. I managed to collect myself and make it into the medals. In the end, I could have caught up with the Chinese, but I lost my composure. There wasn’t any excitement, but simply I just wanted a gold medal – and I let my technique slip, I made a mistake,” said Luginets. In qualifying, Luginets showed the best result. “In the finals, all results are cleared, so everyone is starting at the same level. Here everything depends and how you do in the final. I had confidence during the finals, I coped with the excitement, but it still crept in,” confessed the shooter. The athlete noted the level of the competition venue. “This is the best final shooting range in Russia, because there is no other. Universiade is a very important start for me, if not at the level of the World Cup, but on par with the European Championship. Some of the best athletes came here. Such results, as were achieved in the qualifications, would be acceptable into the finals of any international competition,” he added. Ahead of the men are two more rifle events. “We have just started our programme, and we are going to continue on in the same spirit and step up the pace. My teammates had some trouble in the qualification round, and we lost a little ground to the Chinese. But we are not afraid of the Chinese, and are confident that we will still win gold at this Universiade,” concluded Luginets.

R-Sport, July 14