Our Star of the week is Namibia’s leading female shottist Gaby Ahrens, who on Monday won the African Championships in the Olympic trap discipline in Cairo, Egypt. With the victory, Ahrens booked herself a ticket to next year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 34-year defeated Mariem Rammah of Morocco by 15-10 in an intense final, which initially had swung Rammah’s way when Ahrens missed her first three targets as opposed to two missed by her opponent. But showing her usual strong character, the Namibian shottist got back into contention hitting all of the remaining clay pigeons while Rammah missed on several occasions to give Ahrens her 2nd continental crown, having also won the 2011 edition.
“I prepared for this event all year and worked very hard to achieve my goal. This makes me happy and right now my focus shifts to the Olympic games,” said the new continental champion.
The blonde Namibian also took time to applaud her coaching team, notably her old man Hasso Ahrens who is a noted former footballer. She also hailed the Namibian Olympic Committee (NNOC) for its continued support.
Leading up to the competition, things did not start well for Ahrens as the competition jury ordered six ammo rounds for testing, causing stress for the Namibian as she feared she wouldn’t have enough ammunition for the actual qualification round.