Jooste comes of age

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WINDHOEK – Namibia’s Olympic trap shottist Gaby Ahrens finished in overall 3rd place at the 2nd national trials of the year at the Luiperdsvallei Military Base shooting range, south of Windhoek, last Saturday.

Gielie van Wyk was in a class of his own once again triumphing ahead of Etienne Jooste in the gold medal match.
Van Wyk, who had already dominated much of the first trials a month ago, scored an impressive 12/15 in the battle for gold – leaving Jooste to settle for 10/15.

Ahrens, for the umpteenth time the only female competitor among the six shottists, claimed 3rd place after she hit more clay pigeons than Johan Slabbert in the battle for the remaining bronze medal.

All medal winners shot their minimum qualifying score (MQS) during the main round for the national team selection again. Van Wyk scored 113/125, Jooste achieved 110/125 and Ahrens hit 67 out of 75 possible targets.

All would-be participants have to shoot a MQS at three of the events to be able to represent their native land internationally. “The scores that were shot by the participants were even better than those of the first event,” a delighted Ahrens said.

The Clay Target Shooting Association also took the opportunity to award floating trophies and merit awards to the champions in the Olympic trap discipline of 2014.

All five trials of last year were taken into consideration and the shottist with the most hits was declared champion of the year.

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