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Ahrens off to World Cup

Top female shooter, Gaby Ahrens, has set her sights on the World Cup in Cyprus. Photograph by Heiko Diehl of Proactive.

Namibia’s top shooter Gaby Ahrens left this week for the third world cup of the season in Cyprus in preparation for the African Championships in November in Johannesburg. Ahrens will compete in the Olympic Trap competition this Saturday with the qualifiers scheduled for the morning and the finals for the afternoon.

The four World Cups a year see the world’s best shooters converge on different locations to battle it out. With the Olympic Summer Games coming up next year in Rio de Janeiro, the competition is expected to be more intense than usual with every shooter wanting to win to qualify for the biggest sports event in the world.
For Ahrens, however, the tournament gives her competition exposure enroute to the Africa Championships in South Africa where another Olympic spot is up for grabs. Only the winner secures one of the sought-after spots, both in the female and male division. Ahrens won the event in 2011 to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.
“I’m ready and confident. I’m looking forward to the event,”she explained after spending nearly every day on the shooting range at the Luipaardsvallei military base south of Windhoek for a couple of weeks.
To keep on track for her third Olympic Games, Ahrens plans to take part at the fourth World Cup in Azerbaijan in August as well.

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