Ahrens Wins SA Champs

Gaby Ahrens is the new South African champion in the Olympic Trap discipline after triumphing over Sam Pennells during the two’s gold-medal match in Johannesburg last weekend.

Namibia’s best female shooter hit an impressive 13 clay pigeons compared to Pennells’ 10 in the final.

“I’m very happy with this result. After getting my personal best at the World Cup in Cyprus at the beginning of the month, this is another step in the right direction. It shows that the hard work and dedication of the last weeks have paid off,” a delighted Ahrens said.

Ahrens had already dominated the qualification round, although her campaign didn’t get off to the best start. The 34-year old scored 21 and 19 points during the first two rounds, being on equal terms with her competitors. But a fantastic 24 in the final round gave her the best overall score of 64 and the first place. Pennells came in second with 62.

The Namibian then squared off against Leonore Botha in the battle for the final. Ahrens used her momentum to outclass Botha with 14-10 before eventually taking gold against Pennells.

Her main aim of the season is the African Championships in November where the Commonwealth bronze medallist of 2010 hopes to walk away with another win and therefore secure her ticket for the Summer Olympics next year in Brazil.

To realise that dream, Ahrens plans to compete at the last World Cup of the year in Azerbaijan in August as well as the World Championships in Italy in September.

Source : The Namibian