Italy's Jessica Rossi dominated the women's trap to win gold and secure a Paris 2024 quota place ©Kraków-Małopolska 2023

London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Jessica Rossi and Mauro De Filippis continued Italy's shooting success at the Kraków-Małopolska 2023 European Games here, winning the women's and men's trap finals respectively to secure Paris 2024 quota places.

Rossi won the women's trap at the Olympics 11 years ago, and has since finished sixth in Rio 2016 and eighth at Tokyo 2020.

She secured a Paris 2024 quota spot in this event for her nation after outlasting Slovakia's Jana Špotáková and Finland's Noora Antikainen before triumphing over seven series against another Finnish athlete in Beijing 2008 gold medallist Satu Mäkelä-Nummela at the Wrocław Shooting Centre.

Rossi scored four in each of the seven series in the final to finish with 28 targets from a possible 35, while Mäkelä-Nummela notched 26.

Špotáková took third place with 17 from 25, and Antikainen was fourth with 10 from 15.

It marked the end of two days of domination for Rossi, who led with a maximum 75 targets across three series in the first stage of qualifying, recorded 123 from 125 from stage two to progress to the ranking match, and finished first in her ranking match too with 22 from 25.

Her success marks the second quota place secured by Italy for Paris 2024 in the women's trap, following on from Silvana Stanco's gold at the European Shotgun Championships last year where Britain also earned a berth through Lucy Hall's silver.

Mauro De Filippis, centre, won Italy's 24th gold and seventh in shooting at the European Games ©Kraków-Małopolska 2023
Mauro De Filippis, centre, won Italy's 24th gold and seventh in shooting at the European Games ©Kraków-Małopolska 2023

From last year's World Shotgun Championships, Carole Cormenier of France, Fátima Gálvez of Spain, reigning Olympic champion Zuzana Rehák-Štefečeková of Slovakia and Catherine Skinner of Australia all secured quota places, along with Aeriel Skinner for the United States at the Championships of the Americas.

Italy's 24th gold medal of Kraków-Małopolska 2023 and seventh in shooting came courtesy of De Filippis, who hit 32 of the 35 targets across seven series in the final.

Vladimir Stepan of Czech Republic had to settle for silver with 31, despite a maximum five on the final series.

Rickard Levin Andersson of Sweden had narrowly missed out on making the final two in the medal match with 22 targets from 25, and had to settle for bronze.

De Filippis topped qualifying on the first day with 75 from 75, was third on the second day with 123 from 125 and then with 20 from 25 targets finished two behind Stepan in the ranking match to progress to the final.

He is the first Italian athlete to earn a quota place in the men's trap.

Czech Republic had already done so through Olympic and European champion Jiří Lipták, as had Sweden through Levin Andersson at the European Championships.

Clément Bessaguet of France won the other shooting event of the day in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol ©Kraków-Małopolska 2023
Clément Bessaguet of France won the other shooting event of the day in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol ©Kraków-Małopolska 2023

American world champion Derrick Mein, British silver medallist Nathan Hales, Chinese Taipei's bronze medallist Yang Kun-pi and India's Bhowneesh Mendiratta had all secured quota places at the World Championships, with Will Hinton clinching another for the US at the Championships of the Americas.

A total of 28 quota places are available in the women's and men's trap for Paris 2024, where shooting competition has been moved more than 150 miles from the French capital to Châteauroux.

France's Clément Bessaguet won the other European Games gold medal of the day in shooting, scoring 30 from eight series to win the men's 25 metres rapid fire pistol and beat Germany's 36-year-old world record holder Christian Reitz who took silver with 28.

Martin Podhráský of Czech Republic placed third with 18 from six series, which was enough for a Paris 2024 quota place after Bessaguet for France at the European Championships and Reitz for Germany at the World Championships had already secured theirs.

A further 20 of the 28 quota places in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol are available for Paris 2024.

Shooting at the European Games is due to continue for the penultimate day tomorrow with the men's 25m rapid fire pistol team and mixed team trap finals.

Neither event is on the Paris 2024 programme.