Four shooters lead the qualification ranking after three rounds. Today, the 61 athletes will shoot the remaining 50 clays, trying to book a spot among the six men's Trap finlaists.
After delivering the first medal of the competition yesterday in the Trap Women event, it is time for the male shooters to take the stage at the Club de Caza, Tiro y Pesca de Acapulco, where the second ISSF World Cup of the 2017 season is taking place.
After the first three rounds of qualification, where all 61 athletes shot 75 total targets, four men’s Trap shooters are tied atop the standings with 74 hits: Slovakia’s Martin Kupkovic (41), Spain’s Alberto Fernandez (33), Australia’s Jack Wallace (19) and Antonio Bailon (32), also of Spain.
The four temporary leaders are followed by a pack of nine shooters who concluded the first day with 73 target hits. Among them, Italy’s 17-year-old Matteo Marongiu, who crushed all of his first 50 targets, and his more experienced teammate Daniele Resca (30), Silver medalist at last year’s World Cup stage in San Marino.
The United States of America also placed two shooters at 73: 19-year-old Dale Edward Francis Royer, appearing in a for the first time in this event in an ISSF World Cup stage, and 26-year-old Casey Wallace, whose best placement is a 5th place nailed in Nicosia (CYP) in 2015.
Belgium’s Yannick Peeters (31) also concluded the first part of the men’s Trap qualification with 73 target hits, and he will surely try to best the 2nd place he obtained at last year’s Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro (BRA).
The Mexican men’s Trap team is being represented by 16-year-old Jorge Martin Orozco Diaz, who crushed 71 targets out of 75 in the first three rounds, Alvaro Haces (36) and Jorge Todd (44), who respectively hit 67 and 66 clays.
News and updates about the competition will be available on issf-sports.org and on the many social media platforms of the Federation: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Weibo and Youku.
The Trap Men final is scheduled at 3:00 pm (UTC-6:00) and it will be streamed live on the ISSF website, on its Livestream channel and on its official Facebook page.