Ahrens wins SA Olympic Trap Championship

WINDHOEK: Namibian trap shooter, Gaby Ahrens was crowned new South African (SA) Championship winner in the Olympic Trap discipline at the weekend.

Speaking to this news agency Monday, Aherns said the victory is a valuable one for her as she prepares for the Olympic games.

“Winning is good for my confidence, especially now that I am working towards qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio,” she said.

The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5-21 next year.

A media statement by Ahrens issued Monday indicated that she won the competition after triumphing over Sam Pennells during the duo’s gold-medal match in Johannesburg.

According to the statement, 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,” said Ahrens.

According to the statement, Ahrens had already dominated the qualification round, although her campaign didn’t get off to a good start.

She scored 21 and 19 points during the first two rounds, which placed her on equal terms with her competitors but a fantastic 24 points in the final round gave her the best overall score of 64 and put her in the first place.

Pennells came in second with 62.

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

Ahren’s aim of the season is the African Championships in November where the Commonwealth bronze-medallist of 2010 hopes to walk away with another win, the statement reads.

“To realise that dream, Ahrens plans to also compete at the last World Cup of the year in Azerbaijan in August, as well as the World Championship in Italy during September,” it noted.

There is a total of four World Cups in the Olympic Trap discipline and only one World Championship.

Meanwhile, Ahrens advised other trap shooters to continue training and giving their best if they want to realise their dreams.

Ahrens returned home Monday morning from South Africa and will be preparing for the upcoming Namibia National Trap Shooting championship, set to take place at the end of June.