LONDON – Shootist and one of Namibia’s medal hopefuls Gaby Ahrens shot a round of 59 out of 75 to finish 22nd overall in the qualifying round of the Olympic Trap shooting competition on Saturday morning.
Ahrens started off well, shooting 20 out of 25 and 21 out of 25 in her first two rounds, but the pressure got to her as she shot a disappointing final round of 18 out of 25 to finish last in the qualifying round.
The standard of competition was extremely high as the winner of the qualifying round, Jessica Rossi of Italy, set a new world record of a perfect 75 out of 75 points.
Zuzana Stefecekova of Slovakia on 73 and Suzanne Balogh of Australia and Delphine Reau of France finished in 2nd and 3rd places respectively, both on 72.
The top six shootists in fact all finished with 70 or more points, to underline the quality and depth on display.
Meanwhile, two of Namibia’s medal hopefuls in the marathon event, Beata Naigambo and Helalia Johannes also failed to impress after Johannes (2:26:09) only managed to finish 12th overall, while Naigambo (2:31:16) crossed the line in a disappointing 38th place.
The race was won by Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana in an impressive time of 2:23:7.