15 Mar 2016 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAR (NAMPA) Shooter Oliver Hoffmann continued his impressive start to the Olympic Trap season when he won the second trials of the year at the Luiperds Valley military base shooting range south of the capital over the weekend.
A statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday by the Clay Target Shooting Association of Namibia (CTSA) said Namibias two-time Olympic athlete, Gaby Ahrens who had the better start, came out on top with 106 hits, closely followed by the 15-year-old Hoffmann with 105.
Hasso Ahrens, Ian Kriel and Johan Venter were not far behind, all shooting above 100 hits.
In the semi-final, Ahrens let it slip as she shot 11 out of the 15 targets, the same score as Hoffmann and Kriel, resulting in a sudden death shoot-off for placing in the gold medal match.
The first target in the shoot-off was a left swinger hit by Hoffmann and Kriel, but Ahrens missed, placing her in the bronze medal match with Johan Venter, read the statement.
During the bronze medal match, Ahrens shot a perfect 15 out of 15 securing her the medal. Venter, however, proved to be a tough opponent, missing only one target (14/15).
In the gold medal match, Hoffmann clinched his second gold medal for the year, winning the final with 11/15 opposed to Kriels 9/15.
Meanwhile, Hoffmann will represent Namibia at the Junior World Cup in Germany in May.
Ahrens will be competing at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during April.
Trapshooting is one of the three major disciplines of competitive clay pigeon shooting (shotgun shooting at clay targets). In trap shooting, the targets are launched from a single 'house' or machine, generally away from the shooter.