Vladimir Gontcharov

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Goncharov (also Vladimir Gontcharov, Russian: Владимир Александрович Гончаров; born 21 May 1977) is a Russian sport shooter.[2] He collected a total of three bronze medals in pistol shooting at the ISSF World Shooting Championships (2002, 2006, and 2014), and was also selected to represent Russia at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, finishing ninth in the air pistol and fourth in the free pistol.[1][3] Gontcharov is also a member of the shooting team for Dynamo St. Petersburg, under head coach Anatoliy Suslov.[1]

Vladimir Gontcharov
Personal information
Full nameVladimir Aleksandrovich
Nationality Russia
Born (1977-05-21) 21 May 1977 (age 44)
Sosnovy Bor, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5+12 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)
Event(s)10 m air pistol (AP60)
50 m pistol (FP)
ClubDynamo St. Petersburg[1]
Coached byAnatoliy Suslov[1]

Gontcharov qualified for the Russian squad in pistol shooting at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney after shooting a mandatory minimum score of 590 in air pistol at the 1999 ISSF World Cup meet in the same Olympic venue.[1] In the men's air pistol, Gontcharov scored 572 points to share the ninth position with neighboring Uzbekistan's Dilshod Mukhtarov in the prelims, nearly missing out the final round by a two-point deficit.[4][5] Gontcharov gave himself a chance to improve his feat in the men's free pistol by occupying one of the top eight slots for the final round, but eventually fired a disastrous 7.3-point shot in the ninth series that dropped him out of the medal podium to fourth with a final score of 662.5, finishing just behind the bronze medalist Martin Tenk of the Czech Republic by a 0.3-point margin.[6][7]

At the 2014 ISSF World Shooting Championships in Granada, Spain, Gontcharov edged out China's Pu Qifeng by a tremendous 1.1-point advantage to claim his third career bronze medal (the first one being done in 2002 and the other in 2006) in the men's air pistol with 178.9 points.[3][8] Despite missing out his chance to try for three consecutive Olympic bids since 2000, Gontcharov's third-place finish at the World Championships had guaranteed him an Olympic slot for the Russian team at the 2016 Summer Olympics, signifying his possible comeback from a sixteen-year absence.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "ISSF Profile – Vladimir Gontcharov". ISSF. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Vladimir Gontcharov". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Jin Jongoh wins again: the best pistol shooter of the world set aims on the Asian Games". ISSF. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Sydney 2000: Shooting – Men's 10m Air Pistol" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 59–61. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Nancy Johnson wins first gold of Sydney Games". Canoe.ca. 16 September 2000. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Sydney 2000: Shooting – Men's 50m Pistol" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 62–64. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Австралийские тайны 2000" [Australian mysteries of 2000] (in Russian). Sovsekretno. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Россиянин Гончаров завоевал бронзу чемпионата мира по стрелковым видам спорта" [Russia's Gontcharov wins bronze at the World Sport Shooting Champs] (in Russian). RSport.ru. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  9. ^ "64 Rio 2016 Olympic Quota Places assigned at the 51st ISSF World Championship in Granada". ISSF. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  10. ^ Anderson, Gary (11 September 2014). "South Korean Jin wins second gold at Shooting World Championships". Inside the Games. Retrieved 13 July 2015.

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