Hoffmann outshines shooting champion Ahrens

25 Jun 2015 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUN (NAMPA) - Junior clay target shooting athlete, Oliver Hoffmann, outshined trap shooting champion, Gaby Ahrens at the third national trap shooting trials held at the weekend.
A media statement availed to Nampa by the Archery Association of Namibia on Tuesday said Hoffmann won the first place at the trials held at the Luiperdsvallei military base shooting range south of Windhoek on Sunday.
The 15-year old Hoffmann won two medals at the South African Grand last month and took the win in the Olympic trap discipline after beating former Commonwealth medallist, Gaby Ahrens in the gold medal match.
Hoffmann hit 14 out of 15 clay pigeons in the final to secure the win, while Ahrens managed to score 13/15 hits.
She has however managed to make it to the podium at all three trails so far this year.
Meanwhile, Gielie van Wyk - the winner of the first two events - broke the Namibian record as well as equalising the African record after recording a score of 123/125 during qualification.
After missing two targets in the first round, he did not miss again – securing a perfect 100 in the process, giving him a total score of 23, 25, 25, 25 and 25.
Van Wyk could however not keep the momentum in the finals and was beaten by Hoffmann. He still managed to make it to the podium in third position, with Hasso Ahrens in fourth position.
The statement said for Ahrens, the tournament was the last competitive shot ahead of the World Cup in Azerbaijan in August.
The international showpiece is aimed at preparing her for the African Championship in Johannesburg in November, where she hopes to walk away with a win, thus qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next year.
“I accept my score, and I’m looking forward to intensifying my training sessions heading into the next World Cup in August,” said Ahrens.
Meanwhile, winner Hoffmann left for Italy on Monday to participate in a youth training camp focusing on the Olympic trap shotgun discipline.