NICOSIA (CYPRUS), MARCH 21 : Indian shooters Seema Tomar (22 23 22) and Kumari Rajeshwari (23 20 20) got 13th and 28th places with 67 and 63 hits, respectively, in the Trap Shooting for women in the ISSF World Cup at the Cyprus Olympic Shooting Range here today
Lebanon’s trap shooter Ray Bassil secures first World Cup gold in career. Fighting against the wind, she beat Germany’s Scheibl in a thrilling gold medal match to secure her first World Cup medal. World champion Galvez of Spain ended up on the third step of the podium.
The 27-year old Lebanese shooter, ranked 20th in the world in this event, made it to the final phases of the competition by passing through a four-way shoot-off at the end of the qualification rounds, with a score of 68+1 hits.
She then gave her best in the semi-final, scoring 14 out of 15 targets, to end atop of the table. In the gold medal match, she met and beat Germany’s Sonja Scheibl, in spite of missing three targets.
The two athletes battled in the wind throughout the whole match, Bassil taking an early lead in the first half of the match, and Scheibl climbing back after the first 12 targets.
But Bassil turned out to be unbeatable: shuttering her last two targets, she claimed today’s Gold with a score of 12 hits, leaving Scheibl in second place with 10.
Scheibl, who had qualified with 70 hits and hit 13 targets in the semi-final, collected silver, her second World Cup medal in career (the first one being a bronze won here in Nicosia back in 2013).
The reigning world champion and current 1 in the world, Spain’s Fatima Galvez, 29, took today’s bronze, beating Finland’s first-time finalist Mopsi Veromaa, 35, in the bronze medal match, with a score of 13 to 9 hits. Galvez had qualified with 70 targets, and 10 hits in the semi-final.
World Rank’s #3 Alessandra Perilli of San Marino (28) and New Zealand’s Natalie Ellen Rooney (27) followed them in 5th and 6th place, with a semi-final score of 9 and 8 hits, respectively.