Mal­tese shoot­ers in the XIV Grand Prix, Bel­grade

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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.

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