Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:43
The young sports shooter of the MOL Foundation regrets that he was not able to measure his 2020 form at the Olympics, but in 2021, an even better István Péni will be in the shooting range at the Games.
The European Championship selection competitions for István Péni were excellent, the young sport shooting class of the MOL Foundation won the first and then the second competition, and even set a world record in the latter. True, world tops are only authenticated at world competitions, so Istok’s great result remains a memento of good training.
“It’s not the first time I’ve shot a world record in smaller tournaments, national championships, and while it’s a little annoying that the corona virus has left out any competition where the world record could have been authenticated, I don’t really care. “Everything about the year of the Olympics is about preparation, and I feel that I am moving very well towards my goal,” Istók told the MOL Team.
Was everything in vain?
Just a few hours after we talked, it became clear that Finland did not want to hold the European Championships in March. Istók was shocked by the news, he didn’t understand why the Finnish directors were speaking so late, as it would be very difficult to organize the event.
“There is some hope that they will be able to host the European Championships, but it is already certain that it will not be in Finland and not at the original date in March. I am very confident that a solution will be found, as the European Championships are also qualifying, and although this part does not affect me because I won the quota in the first race of the cycle, the big bet would certainly be a tight, tough competition for the European Championships The young class of the MOL Foundation.
“Anyway, it hurts a lot that even though I shot in excellent form all year, the crowns were missed due to the coronavirus, and so this season actually went to the trash. “No one can give it back anymore and you can only guess what results I could have achieved if the tournaments were held.”
It’s all about Tokyo
“I could even start the Olympics tomorrow morning, I’m ready!” Istók said confidently as the word turned to the Tokyo Games. “I’m where I need to be in an Olympic year and I have the confidence. I know a lot of people hope for a medal from me, but I don’t really deal with that, just to be happy with myself shot by shot, ”he added.
“If the games had been held at the original time last year, I wouldn’t have been any different, as we had a very well-thought-out and structured preparation plan for the year,” said Istók , but he immediately added, as he is constantly evolving, in 2021 an even better Peni Istok will be on the shooting range in Tokyo.
“I managed to raise my average performance, I am no longer excited about shots, I am confident in the shooting position. Now I tend to struggle with the problem that I never have a quiet minute because I always want to be better and better, so I’m never really happy with my performance.“But I am also developing in this, after the qualifying final of the European Championships (which was even better than the basic competition anyway), for example, he was completely happy,” Istók added with a wide smile.
“I won the European Championship in 2020 and the European Championship final confirmed that after a coordinated, good preparation, I am able to perform at an elite level under great pressure. You don’t even need a better omen for the Olympics, do you? ” the shooter of the MOL Foundation asked the poetic question.
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