03.05.2009 - Shooting in a send storm, San Marino’s Daniela DEL DIN won the first shotgun match of the year, grabbing Gold in the Trap Women event at the ISSF World Cup in Cairo.
The 39-year Trap shooter Daniela Del Din, who had won a Bronze medal at the last World Championships of Nicosia in 2007, shot the first gold medal of the season at the ISSF world cup in shotgun events in Cairo, Egypt.
Entering the final round with 70 qualification hits, Del Din kept the leadership she had gained throughout the qualifications. The keen athlete form San Marino shot gold with a remarkable final of 19 hits, for a total score of 89 targets. In spite of her long and successful shooting career, Daniela Del Din had never won a world cup medal before.
A send storm hit the Dokki shooting club during the final match: light totally changed from the qualification rounds, and the wind picked affecting targets and visibility. “We came to Cairo expecting warm weather and sun, we found wind and rain… quite unpredictable!” commented the Silver medallist Jessica ROSSI, 17-year old, from Italy.
Italy’s Rossi, the 2007 Junior World Champion of Nicosia, finished on the podium securing Silver with a total score of 86 hits (70+16). “As you have seen the weather conditions have been changing a lot from the qualification to the final…” commented the 17-year old Rossi, today’s youngest finalist.
Bronze was taken by the 17-year old US shooter Rachael Lynn HEIDEN, who surprised everybody by climbing on the podium in spite of the severe wind conditions. Heiden had never competed before within the frame of the ISSF, and she took part in her first world-level international match today in Cairo. Coming from the qualification with 66 hits, the American shooter climbed form the fourth place with 15 hits in the final.
"I am very excited about winning this medal! It was really gerat to be competing with older people in today's match. And this shooting range of Cairo is spectacular!" said the young American shooter, who had never won a medal before "I wanted to do somehting good for my country!" She added smiling.
The second American finalist, Joetta DEMENT, placed in fifth after loosing 2 to 3 the shoot-off for the fourth place against Spain’s Fatima GALVEZ (fourth with 67+13=80+3)
Charlotte KERWOOD of Great Britain placed in sixth. Struggling with the sand storm, she closed the match with a total score of 77 targets (66+11).