Team Beretta greets shooting season with a string of successes
With the end of the ISSF World Championship in Baku, Team Beretta is drawing the sums of this shooting season, which as always has thrilled fans amid twists and turns and the stories that repeat themselves. The goal: Paris 2024, for which the “three-arrows” athletes have already pulled out numerous quotas.
Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta General Manager and CEO Carlo Ferlito expressed his enthusiasm for the conclusion of this year of competitions: "A season of great news, both in the sporting and institutional fields: the first full year after Covid and the first with Luciano Rossi as ISSF President. Competitions are always the pinnacle and indicator of the shooting movement, which around the world has shown itself to be in great health and ferment: this, as a company, can only please us given our constant investments to grow this sector. It is good to see that the efforts are paying off. We are very happy with the results of our athletes and the number of Olympic quotas they have secured for their Countries. We express gratitude for the great work of the coaches, for the shooters’ commitment, and for the Beretta system that has made it possible to develop top-performing products in both firearm and clothing, accessories, and services. There have been many confirmations, but a special thought goes to Giovanni Pellielo, who at the Baku World Championships managed to achieve yet another Olympic qualification for Italy: congratulations to the FITAV team and coach Marco Conti for the result.
A great satisfaction also comes from those Olympic quotas that were conquered with the new SL2 platform: a shotgun that is proving to be a winner already at its debut, crowning years of research and development within the company. We are not yet in Paris, there is still work to be done: we continue to keep up the focus and support for our athletes with new products and those details, the marginal gains, that make the difference in breaking that one more clay. Alongside the Olympic disciplines, we continue our ongoing support in other shooting sports, both amateur and professional, such as Sporting and Practical Shooting, to accompany our athletes' successes in those disciplines as well."
TEAM BERETTA ACHIEVEMENTS
The European Championship in Poland brought great results, over all the 2 golds and Olympic quotas won by Jessica Rossi and Mauro De Filippis with the new SL2 shotgun (CDT2017 for Rossi, the aesthetically camouflaged prototype of SL2), the Mixed Team Trap title secured by the pair Jessica Rossi-Giovanni Pellielo, the Women's Trap Team gold for Italy (Jessica Rossi with CDT2017, Silvana Stanco with DT11 Black and Giulia Grassia with 694) and the Men's Trap Team gold for Croatia (Giovanni Cernogoraz with DT11, Anton Glasnovic with DT11 Black and Francesco Ravalico with DT11).
The ISSF World Cups were also successful: the one in July in Lonato reached the apex for Beretta athletes: 14 medals out of 18. Full podiums in both women's Trap (Laetisha Scanlan - AUS - DT11; Fatima Gálvez - ESP - DT11 Black; Rumeysa Pelin Kaya - TUR - DT10), and men's Skeet (Jesper Hansen - DEN - DT11; Tammaro Cassandro - ITA - DT11 Black; Eetu Kallioinen - FIN - DT11).
In Lonato, Britain's Nathan Hales shouldered his DT11 and took first place in the men's one-shot Trap final with a 49/50, breaking the world record set on the same range by Alberto Fernandez; second place for China's Qi Ying with DT11 Black (48/50). The women in the Skeet also did well, with the U.S. Samantha Simonton in second place with DT11 and China's Yuting Jiang (DT11) in third place.
Here we come to the Baku World Championships, the best way to end this season: amazing victory in the men's Skeet by the Greek Efthimios Mitas (DT11) with an outstanding performance and the Olympic quota for Greece, followed by the very young 25-year-old Finnish Eetu Kallioinen (DT11), also securing a quota for Finland. Another Olympic spot was achieved for Denmark by Tokyo silver medalist Jesper Hansen (DT11), who finished fifth after fourth-place U.S. Vincent Hancock (DT11 Black); the American athlete had previously won access to Paris.
Another Olympic place for Greece in the women's skeet with bronze medalist Emmanouela Katzouraki (DT11), and two more quotas for Beretta's Skeet athletes: one for Chile with Francisca Crovetto Chadid and one for Turkey with Sena Can.
Jessica Rossi, Italy's Tokyo flag bearer, with already an Olympic quota in her pocket, takes the silver in women’s Trap after a fierce fight for first place.
The veterans, on the other hand, smashed the men's Trap final, with Croatia's Giovanni Cernogoraz (DT11) as overall winner and second quota for Italian Trap reached by an amazing Giovanni Pellielo, who ended his competition in the final with a sixth place. This would be the eight Olympics for Pellielo, after the 3 silvers (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, Rio 2016) and bronze (Sydney 2000) already won and the Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and London 2012 participations. An extraordinary achievement, the first time for an Italian clay shooter and equaling the record of the clay shooter with the most Olympic participations, Peru's Francisco Boza.