Italy’s Jessica Rossi was able to win the women’s trap at the first 2019 Shotgun World Cup event. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Shotgun World Cup event is currently being held in Acapulco, Mexico from March 15th to March 26th 2019.
The qualification round saw a new world record with 2008 Olympic gold medalist Satu Makela-Nummela of Finland hitting 123 out of 125 targets. Two shots back, in second was the 2012 Olympic gold medalist Rossi. Sadly, for Makela-Nummela, she was unable to repeat her performance in the final, ultimately finishing in fifth. The final came down to Australia’s Laetisha Scanlan whom needed a shoot-off to reach the final and Rossi. Going to the last set, both athletes were tied at 40 hits each. Rossi was able to win gold and an Olympic quota by going perfect while Scanlan could only hit three out of the five targets. As Scanlan has already won a quota from the World Championships, the second Olympic quota was won by bronze medalist, Deng Weiyun of China.
The next opportunity for nations to qualify in women’s trap will be the next World Cup event to be held in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The World Cup event continues tomorrow with quotas being awarded in men’s trap.