The second day of finals at the first 2019 Shotgun World Cup event saw medals being awarded in men’s trap. 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 talent of the field was on full display during the qualification round where two misses out of 125 targets meant you were not guaranteed to make the final. The round was won by Australia’s James Willett whom hit all 125 targets, equalling the world record. A large shoot-off between six athletes was needed to decide the final competitor to advance. It was won by Great Britain’s Nathan Hales after 13 rounds. Willett continued his top performance by making 33 consecutive shots on his way to win the gold medal. Since he has already won a quota for his nation, the two quotas were won by the silver medalist Ahmed Zaher of Egypt and bronze medalist Yu Haicheng of China.
By winning a quota in the men’s trap China is now eligible to competed in the mixed team event. The next opportunity for nations to qualify in men’s trap will be the next World Cup event to be held in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The Acapulco World Cup event continues with the next event to offer Olympic quotas to be held on Sunday.