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Three World Champs fought for today’s Trap Women title

ISSF World Championship Shotgun · Belgrade, SRB

China’s 2007 World Champ Liu Yingzi secured the Gold medal by beating the 2010 and 2002 World Champions Stefecekova (SVK) and Tkach (RUS).

China’s 40-year old Liu Yingzi won today’s Trap Women final at the 2011 ISSF Shotgun World Championship, held in Belgrade from the 3rd through the 14th of September.

 

The Chinese shooter, a 2007 World Champion currently ranked fifth in the world, made it to the final round with a qualification score of 72 hits, after winning a seven-way shoot-off with 3 hits.

 

After starting with two zeros on her second and third targets, Liu did not drop any other clay, and cleared the final round with 23 hits. With a total score of 95 targets, the athlete from Chang Sha secured the World’s brightest medal for the second time in her career (she had won her first title at the 2007 World Championship in Nicosia, Cyprus).

 

The Chinese athlete will now compete at the ISSF World Cup Final, which will kick-off in Al Ain (UAE) on the 31st of September. There, she will try to defend the World Cup Title she won last year, at the 2010 ISSF World Cup Final in Izmir.

 

Climbing up to the highest step of the podium, Liu left the so-far reigning World Champion Zuzana Stefecekova three targets behind her.  

 

The 27-year old Slovakian champion had started the final match tied to Liu, with a qualification score of 72 hits. But then, as the light started changing during the final, she dropped five targets, ending up in second with a total score of 92 hits.

 

Following her, it was Russia’s Elena Tkach, the 2002 World Champion, who secured the Bronze medal with a totals score of 89 hits. The 41-year old Russian shooter scored 19 targets during the final, after being qualified in first with 73 hits.

 

The Olympic Quota Place to be assigned here went to India’s Shagun Chowdhary, a 28-year old first time finalist. The young athlete, ranked 21st in the world, made it to the final round with 72 hits, and pocketed the entrance ticket to the Games by finishing in fourth with a total score of 89 hits. She was followed by Australia’s Catherine Skinner, who scored 89 targets as well and lost the Quota due to the “Count Back” rule: who misses first, ranks worst. USA’s Olympic Bronze medallist, Corey Cogdell, closed the match in sixth place with 88 (72+16) hits.

 

RUSSIA LED THE TEAMS’ RANKING

Elena Tkach’s Russia (Tkach, Irina Laricheva and Tatiana Barsuk) won the team Gold medal with an overall score of 213 hits, setting a new World Record which shattered the previous 211-record scored by Italy at the 2009 World Championship. The three Russian teammates shared their new record with France (Marina Sauzet, Delphine Racinet, Stephanie Neau), as they scored 213 targets as well. The Teams’ Bronze medal went to the People’s Republic of China. The team led by Liu (Liu Ingzi, Gao E and Wu Cuicui) totalized 211 targets.

 

 

Marco Dalla Dea