The Slovenia Times

Slovenian shooter world champion at 60

Rajmond Debevec at the London Olympic Games in 2012. Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

More than two decades after winning Olympic gold, Slovenian shooting legend Rajmond Debevec achieved an unexpected career highlight on 27 August by winning the 300-metre rifle prone event at the International Sports Shooting Wold Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan with a perfect score of 600 points, a new world record.

"In theory it is still possible to shoot better. If I had even more inner tens..." the 60-year-old Debevec said jokingly.

"The conditions were perfect for me. It was a bit cloudy, there was practically no wind. I leveraged these conditions to my advantage and felt great from the first to the last shot."

Debevec is one of Slovenia's most successful athletes of all times and holds three Olympic medals, having won gold in Sydney in 2000 and bronze in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

The 300-metre rifle prone is not an Olympic event but it was the event that Debevec knew he could win.

On 28 AUgust he will compete in his last event at the championship, the 300-metre rifle three positions. He does not expect much since, he says, he is no longer among the best shooters in this event.

"But I will fight and will do my best to achieve a good result."


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