Sergey Rikhter in 2012
April 23, 1989 |
Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|Event(s)||10 metre air rifle|
|Club||Maccabi Ra'anana Shooting Club|
|Coached by||Guy Starik and Evgeny Aleynikov|
He shares the junior world record in the 10 metre air rifle, and was the 2009 ISSF World Cup champion. He competed on behalf of Israel at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and for Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In March 2013, he won the gold medal in the European Championship and was named European Champion at 10 m. He won a bronze medal at the 2015 European Games for Israel in the Men's 10m Air Rifle.
Rikhter was born on April 23, 1989 in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union, and now lives in Rehovot, Israel. He is Jewish and an Israeli citizen. He began shooting in 2002, at 13 years of age, as part of a Gadna (Israel Defense Forces youth corps) program. He then trained with Hapoel Rehovot. Rikhter attended Katzir High School, in Rehovot.
Rikhter trains at the Herzliya firing range, is now a member of Maccabi Ra'anana. He is right-handed, and his "master eye" is his right eye. He is coached by Israeli three-time Olympian Guy Starik and Evgeny Aleynikov. His club is Maccabi Ra'anana Shooting Club.
Rikhter won a gold medal at 20 years of age at the 10 metre air rifle men's final of the 2009 ISSF World Cup in Munich, Germany. His qualification score of 599 points was one point short of the world record, and tied the junior world record. He won with 701.7 points. Rikhter said after the match: “This is exciting, I did not expect to finish on the highest step of the podium. This is my fourth time in an international competition!” He was signed to the German shooting team Kolber that same year.
In February 2010, he won the gold medal in the IWK Air Gun competition men's 10 metre air rifle match in Munich. In June 2010, he came in fourth in the men's 10 metre air rifle final at the 2010 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Belgrade, Serbia, missing the bronze medal by one-tenth of a point. In June 2011, he was ranked fifth in the world by the ISSF.
He competed in the September 2011 ISSF World Cup final in the men's 10 metre air rifle. He received a two-point deduction for being late to the final, which moved him down from second and a silver medal, to seventh place. He won a silver medal at the 2011 Changwon, South Korea, World Cup, with 597 points, becoming the first Israeli athlete to qualify for the London Olympics.
In April 2012, he won the silver medal in the 2012 Shooting World Cup in London, in men's 10 metre air rifle. His 701.1 points were a personal record.
Rikhter competed on behalf of Israel at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in men's 10 metre air rifle, having qualified by earning a quota place. He missed the finals by one point, coming in 9th out of 30 competitors, with 8 shooters making it into the final. After the Olympics, he planned to complete his military service, and to study graphic design.
In March 2013, he won a gold medal in the European Championship in Odense, Denmark, and was named European Champion at 10 m. In April 2013, he won a silver medal at a 2013 World Cup tournament in Changwon, South Korea. In 2013 and 2014 he also won bronze medals at World Cup tournaments in Fort Benning, Georgia.
He competed for Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics, coming in 14th out of 30 competitors in the Men's 10-meter air rifle competition with a score of 623.28 points, and coming in 15th out of 30 competitors with a score of 622.6 in the Men's 50m rifle prone competition.
Current world record in 10 m air rifle
|Current world records held in 10 m Air Rifle|
|Junior Men||Individual||599|| Cheon Min-ho (KOR)
Zhu Qinan (CHN)
Zhu Qinan (CHN)
Sergy Rikhter (ISR)
|April 24, 2004
August 16, 2004
October 30, 2004
May 16, 2009
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