16 Feb 2015 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 16 FEB (NAMPA) Namibian Olympic trap shooter Gaby Ahrens clinched the silver medal at the first national trials of the year on Saturday.
The trails took place at the Luiperds valley military base shooting range in the capital.
A media statement issued by the shooting federation on Monday said the opening trials are one of five, which are spread out throughout the year.
All Namibians have to shoot a minimum qualification score (MQS) at three of the events to be able to represent their country at international competitions.
The 33-year-old Ahrens, the 2010 Commonwealth bronze medal winner, was the only woman to compete in the trials.
During the trials, female shooters have three rounds of 25 targets to reach their MQS, while the men shoot over five rounds.
During the qualification shoot, Ahrens managed to hit 64 of the possible 75 targets, reaching the MQS and advancing to the finals.
While Ahrens achieved her goal, it was Gielie van Wyk who took the headlines; the former Namibian champion was on target with 118 of 125 shots, read the statement.
Etienne Jooste scored 110/125 to become the third participant of the day to make to the MQS.
Sven Ahrens made fourth place.
During the semi-final, however, it was Ahrens who showed her full potential when she did not miss a single clay pigeon, while Van Wyk missed one, setting up the gold medal match with Ahrens, said the statement.
Ahrens shot well again, but van Wyk was just in a class of his own to edge out Ahrens with 13/15 to 11/15 to take home the gold medal.
I am very happy with the tournament. I reached my goal of getting the minimum qualifying score, and the silver medal is obviously nice as well. At the same time, I must congratulate Gielie van Wyk on his exceptional performance. He deserved to win, Ahrens said in the statement.