Erik Varga won the men's trap event in Lonato ©Getty Images

Britain’s Kirsty Hegarty and Slovakia’s Erik Varga earned the first gold medals of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Lonato, attended by ISSF President Vladimir Lisin.

Lisin, who despite being a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, has been facing increasing calls from a number of countries for him and compatriot Alexander Ratner, the ISSF secretary general, to step down from their posts.

Ratner, who is also the European Shooting Confederation President, attended the 10 metres European Shooting Championship in Hamar last month, despite the organisers saying he was "not welcome" to come to Norway.

Numerous National Federations have called for the pair to vacate their positions with Ukrainian Shooting Federation insisting that they will not accept any financial help from ISSF if it is provided by Lisin.

According to Forbes, Lisin is Russia's wealthiest man, with the latest rankings estimating his worth at $18.4 billion (£14.1 billion/€16.8 billion), which represents a fall of 30 per cent from  $26.2 billion (£20.1 billion/€24 billion) in the previous year due to the impact of sanctions on other oligarchs.

Meanwhile, trap competition continued on the second day of the event in the Italian city, with shooters targeting a place in the finals.

Lebanon’s Ray Bassil and Puerto Rico’s Augusta Campos-Martyn qualified from the first women’s semi-final by achieving 21 and 18 targets, respectively.

Finland’s Satu Makela-Nummela and Hegarty progressed from the second, ending on 21 and 20.

Hegarty and Campos-Martyn were the final two shooters remaining, with Makela-Nummela and Bassil suffering elimination.

The final finished two targets early, with Hegarty unable to be caught due to building a three shot advantage.

Hegarty hit 31 of the 33 targets in the final, with Campos-Martyn finishing as the runner-up on 28.

Bassil completed the podium places after scoring 21 from the first 25 targets, while Makela-Nummela hit 12 of the first 15.

"I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy," Hegarty told British Shooting following her victory.

"It feels better than winning a quota place, it feels better than being at the Olympics.

"It feels absolutely amazing.

"It’s all about taking one target at a time and trying not to focus on the end.

"Just focus on what you’re doing and it’ll work out."

Two-time individual world champion Varga advanced to the four shooter men's trap final, where he emerged as the winner of a tough contest with Croatia’s Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Josip Glasnovic.

Varga and Glasnovic both hit 31 of the 35 targets in the final, with a shoot-off required to determine the winner.

Varga triumphed in the shoot-off to top the podium, with Glasnovic forced to settle for second place.

Spain’s Adria Martinez Torres won bronze after being eliminated with 21 targets hit from 25, while Britain’s Matthew Coward-Holley ended fourth after hitting 12 of the opening 15 targets.

Competition at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup will continue tomorrow with men’s and women’s team trap events.

The World Cup will continue until next Friday (April 29).