By Paul Osborne

The Shooting World Championships came to a close in Granada ©ISSFThe Shooting World Championships drew to a close in Granada today as the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) flag was handed to the South Korea Shooting Federation and the city of Changwon as it prepares to host the next edition of the event.

More than 2,000 athletes from 94 nations made the trip to Spain for the event, competing in 15 Olympic and 24 non-Olympic disciplines from September 6 to 19.

China topped the medal table across the two weeks, accumulating 19 gold, 16 silver and nine bronze medals for a total of 44.

Germany followed in second place with 25 medals - 15 gold, six silver and four bronze, while Russia took third place with nine gold, 13 silver and 18 bronze, for a total of 40 medals.

Most importantly for many, 64 Olympic quotas were distributed by the ISSF ahead of Rio 2016 as qualification for the next Summer Games was officially opened.

"This ISSF World Championship in Granada has been a great sport event: we've witnessed excellent competitions, and extraordinary results scored by our athletes," said ISSF President Olegario Vázquez Raña.

"The new finals introduced after the 2012 Olympic Games brought drama and emotion into our sport.

"The atmosphere during the competitions, here in Granada, has been great."

The 2014 World Shooting Championships made history as the first to incorporate junior finals in the senior Championships ©ISSFThe 2014 World Shooting Championships made history as the first to incorporate junior finals in the senior Championships ©ISSF

The 2014 World Championships were also an historic one for the ISSF as the sport's governing body staged junior finals alongside the senior competitions for the first time in the sport's history.

"Junior finals are a step forward for our sport, and a great opportunity for the young athletes," added Raña.

"I will propose to establish a new separate Junior World Championships, a competition completely dedicated to the youth."

The establishment of the junior finals seems to have brought the best out of junior shooters as they broke 13 world records and six finals world records throughout the tournament.

The seniors were just as busy breaking records as 10 world records fell across the two weeks.

The next Shooting World Championships are due to be held in Changwon in 2018 after a unanimous decision at the ISSF General Assembly in London in 2012.

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