Kallioinen and Pesonen to Tokyo olympic games for skeet

Eetu Kallioinen and Lari Pesonen was named to the Finnish Olympic Team participating in Tokyo Olympic Games. Their shooting discipline is skeet.

Pesonen gained an olympic quota in 2019 in world cup in Changwon (KOR) and Kallioinen this year in the European Shooting Championships in Osijek (CRO).

Both shooters serves in the Finnish Defence Forces. Pesonen is in the Armoured Brigade in Hämeenlinna and Kallioinen in the Guard Jäger Regiment in Helsinki.

Eetu Kallioinen skeetin EM-pronssille

Sotilasampujien Eetu Kallioinen suoriutui loistokkaasti skeet-ammunnassa Kroatian Osijekissa järjestetyissä Euroopan mestaruuskilpailuissa sijoittuen finaalissa kolmanneksi ja hankki samalla Suomelle maapaikan Tokion olympialaisiin.

Peruskilpailussa Kallioinen ampui 122 (24-24-25-24-25) yhdessä kuuden muun ampujan kanssa. Peruskilpailun parhaat tulokset, 123, ampuivat Kyproksen Georgios Achilleos ja Italian Gabriele Rossetti. Kallioinen selvitti itsensä finaaliin kuuden ampujan uusinnassa.

Finaalissa Kallioinen ampui 45 kiekkoa Euroopan mestaruuden voittaneen Rossettin ampuessa 55 ja hopealle sijoittuneen Achilleoksen ammuttua 53 kiekkoa.

Muista suomalaisista Tommi Takanen ampui peruskilpailussa 116 ja Timo Laitinen 114. Molemmat karsiutuivat jatkosta.

Suomella on nyt kaksi maapaikkaa skeetissä Tokion olympialaisiin. Suomen olympiakomitean määrittämien valintakriteerien mukaisesti Kallioinen kiinnitti itsensä ampumaansa maapaikkaan. Lari Pesosen kaksi vuotta sitten hankkiman toisen maapaikan täyttämisessä on mielenkiintoinen asetelma, kun tämän kevään EM-näytöissä toiseksi parhaiten Kallioisen jälkeen ampui Timo Laitinen. Kuitenkin ISSF:n maailman rankingissa Oskari Kössi on parhaana suomalaisena sijalla 23 (281 pistettä) ennen 27. sijalla olevaa Eetu Kallioista (212) ja 44. olevaa Lari Pesosta (80) sekä 124. sijalla olevaa Tommi Takasta (1). Timo Laitisella ei ole ISSF:n verkkosivujen mukaan sijoitusta maailman rankingissa.

Pistol camp in Hollola International Shooting Centre

The pistol team of the Finnish Military Shooting Team organised a training camp in the famous Hollola International Shooting Centre (HISC) this week. Recent years has been quite sad with the Covid-19 pandemia. But it has given good training time also to military shooters. This work can be seen in good results of pistol shooters.

Qualifying results for the Nordic Military Shooting Championships 2021

Military rapid fire pistol

  1. Marko Talvitie 586
  2. Joonas Knuuti 576
  3. Joonas Kallio 572
  4. Jan Parhiala 571
  5. Petri Ylinen 571
  6. Jorma Jäntti 561

Centre fire pistol

  1. Marko Talvitie 581
  2. Jorma Jäntti 580
  3. Petri Ylinen 578
  4. Joonas Kallio 578
  5. Joonas Knuuti 559
  6. Jan Parhiala 552

Compined results

  1. Marko Talvitie 1167
  2. Joonas Kallio 1150
  3. Petri Ylinen 1149
  4. Jorma Jäntti 1141
  5. Joonas Knuuti 1135
  6. Jan Parhiala 1123

Talvitie and Kallio has been chosen to represent the Finnish Shooting Sport Federation in European Championships 2021 in Osijek, Croatia. Talvitie will shoot rapid fire pistol, standard pistol and centre fire pistol. Kallio will shoot air pistol, free pistol, standard pistol and centre fire pistol.

More about pistol team here.

Joint military and civilian 300 m shooting training camp at Hollola

The Finnish military shooting team organised a joint 300 metre shooting training camp with the Finnish Shooting Sport Federation (SAL) this week in the famous Hollola International Shooting Centre (HISC).

The main focus was to get familiarised in to outdoor shooting after a long and dark winter period. Besides elementary and advanced training a match training was performed as a 300 metre mixed pair match like they do in the European Shooting Championships (rules according to Bologna 22.9.2019).

The Finnish civilian team consisting mainly of military shooters is heading to the Osijek ECH in June 2021 although nobody is still yet chosen to the event. And of course there is still the threat of the Covid19 pandemic to postpone the whole championships.

The winning pair today was Henna Viljanen (SAL) – Juho Autio before Aleksi Leppä – Juha Rutonen and Juho Kurki – Riku Koskela (SAL). The differences between pairs were extremely small. The match training was found very interesting and purposeful inside daily training camp routines.

Picture below (by Tapio Kajan): the great winning pair Henna Viljanen and Juho Autio.

Henna Viljanen
Juho Autio

Sport shooting remains inside Finnish Defence Forces

Besides these horrible days with Covid-19 pandemia there has been a threat concerning sport shooting in Finnish Defense Forces. They were planning to exit the sport shooting championships inside army. As a replacement there could have been only sniper shooting and normal duty assault rifle and pistol shooting disciplines.

But luckily a good balance has been found and CISM disciplines has survived except 25 metre and 50 metre disciplines for female shooters.

This is a really good piece of information for military and civilian competitive target shooting. Finnish military sports is best known by very high competence in shooting. As a evidence of this, Finland has won twice the best nation event and huge number of podium places in the International Military Sport Organisation (CISM) world championships. Furthermore there are also three olympic medalist and thirteen individual CISM world champions produced by the sport training system of the defence forces. And by now, there is still six military world champions in service.

Road to Tokyo – a restart!

Two times world championships in 300 metre shooting, Aleksi Leppä and world cup finalist in air rifle, Juho Kurki has begun a new season which is heading to Tokyo Olympics 2021. The two mighty athletes was met in the training camp of the Finnish Shooting Sport Association in Inkoo Shooting Range 10.6.2020.

Juho Kurki and Aleksi Leppä in air rifle training session.
Both were very confident for the season 2021.

Yhdistyksen vuosikokous

Hallitus päätti kokouksessaan 9.6.2020, että yhdistyksen vuosikokous suunnitellaan pidettäväksi Sotilas-SM-kilpailujen yhteydessä 16.9.2020 klo 19.30 riippuen vallitsevasta Covid-19-tilanteesta.

Kokouksesta lähetetään erillinen kutsu.

Finnish Defence Forces is planning to ruin sport shooting

According to the information sources the Finnish Defence Forces is planning to stop organising sport shooting championships in its annually organised shooting championships. As a replacement there might be only sniper shooting and normal duty assault rifle and pistol shooting disciplines.

The Finnish Military Shooters Association highly appreciates sniper shooting and skills to use ordinary duty weapons but is very worried about the mastery of core competences in shooting which mission based shooting does not fully promote.

Furthermore, it is quite peculiar that cutting down sport shooting in defence forces championships it will be still continued with unmilitary sports like football and civilian biathlon. One can ask that how military football looks like and where it is played at combat zone?

Finnish military sports is best known by very high competence in shooting. As a evidence of this, Finland has won twice the best nation event and huge number of podium places in the International Military Sport Organisation (CISM) world championships. Furthermore there are also three olympic medalist and thirteen individual CISM world champions produced by the sport training system of the defence forces. And by now, there is still six military world champions in service.

The Finnish Military Shooters Association sincerely hopes that the sport shooting is given the high appreciation as a military sport and it will continue as a core discipline in military sports.

Nordic Military Championships cancelled this year

It was Norways shift to organise a Military Nordic Shooting Championships (NMSC) this year. Primarily this was to happen in Elverum 29.6.-3.7.2020. But due to the Covid-19 issue the championships is cancelled.

Nordic Military Shooting Championships is organised every year by the rotating turns between the Nordic countries. The tournee will go on next year in Sweden and then year 2022 in Finland.