Maltese shooters in the XIV Grand Prix, Belgrade
Four Maltese shooters competed in two different disciplines of the XIV Grand Prix - Memorial Milan Sotrain at the Olympic Shooting Range "BG Sport Centre Kovilovo" in Belgrade, Serbia.
Clive Farrugia assisted by coach Jimmy Bugeja, competed in the Skeet event where he managed a remarkable score of 121/125 in the qualification rounds.
Clive concluded Day 1 of the competition with the score of 72/75 just two clays behind Tommi Takanen of Finland and world champion Saif Bin Futais of the United Arab Emirates who had also competed in The Malta International Grand Prix 2016 earlier on this year. On Day 2, the Maltese Skeet shooter managed an outstanding 49/50.
Farrugia also managed two perfect straights of 25/25, one on each day of the competition; incidentally he started with a straight on Day 1 and finished with another perfect round on Day 2.
Clive Farrugia eventually made it to the semi-final stage where he hit 11/16 targets and had to settle for sixth place overall.
In the skeet event, Oskari Kossi and Tommi Takanen both of Finland won gold and silver while Saif Bin Futais of the United Arab Emirates won bronze.
In the Trap event, Matthew Busuttil under the supervision of Dr James Galea, ISSF licensed coach, managed a satisfactory result of 114/125.
Busuttil finished in 19th place overall out of 75 participants that competed in the event.
Veterans George Cassar and Joe Cutajar also competed in the same event and finished with the scores of 102/125 and 65/125 respectively.
In the Trap event the Overall winner was Anton Glasnovic of Croatia, the runner-up was Bostjan Macek of Slovenia and in third place Vladimir Slamka of Slovakia who also had participated in The Malta International Grand Prix 2016.