Royal Artillery Barracks feted as "iconic shooting venue" by ISSF President
Saturday, 25 August 2012
August 25 - Shooting has become the latest international federation to praise London 2012 for how well it presented its sport during the Olympics.
The events at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich (pictured top), a temporary facility which had a capacity of 7,500 for each session, have been called a "milestone" in the sport's history by Olegario Vázquez Raña, President of International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).
"We express our thanks and appreciation to the organisers of these Olympic Games for their great efforts and the excellent organisation of these unforgettable 10 days of outstanding shooting sport," he said.
"The temporary shooting venue at the Royal Artillery Barracks demonstrated its excellent functionality during the pre-Olympic test event 'London Prepares' and ISSF World Cup in April 2012, when about 800 athletes participated in all Olympic events.
"Thanks to the professional design and the excellent layout of the various ranges this Olympic venue proved to be an iconic shooting venue hosting the Olympic shooting events."
Nearly 400 competitors took part in 15 events with the medallists coming from 23 countries.
South Korea finished top of the medals table with a total of five medals, including three golds, with 19-year-old Kim Jang-Mi winning the women's 25 metre pistol event only two years after triumphing in the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
"It was a great pleasure and a unique experience for 390 athletes, from 108 countries from all five continents to be part of theses outstanding Olympic Games," said Vázquez Raña.
"All the officials, referees, judges and volunteers made their contribution to bring the shooting events of the XXX Olympic Games in London 2012 to a great success.
"The fantastic crowd of spectators who filled the ranges, and especially the finals ranges, enjoyed excellent performances and results of our great athletes.
"The spectators with their enthusiastic applause and reactions created an incredible atmosphere for all athletes to give their extraordinary performances.
"The people of the host country of Great Britain have shown that they are great sport fans and we once again thank them for their great hospitality.
"We express our sincere congratulations not only to the winners but also to each participant who showed the world that sport can truly be considered as an expression of peace, friendship and brotherhood in fair play.
Thank you for wonderful Olympic shooting events in London 2012."
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