Chet­cuti scoops a bronze

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Wil­liam Chet­cuti of Malta won Bronze at the ISSF World Cup Fi­nal Dou­ble Trap Event.

The best shoot­ers of the world met at the ISSF World Cup Fi­nal in Rome, ITA.

More than seven months after the 2016 sea­son kicked-off, the ISSF World Cup Fi­nal in Shot­gun Dou­ble Trap Event awarded the sea­sonal ti­tle at the TAV Valle Aniene Shot­gun Range in Rome.

Only the top shoot­ers of the world who earned points all along the 2016 through the ISSF World Cup stages in Ni­cosia, Rio de Janeiro, San Marino and Baku were se­lected, to­gether with the XXXI Olympic Games Rio 2016 medal win­ners.

The holder of the 2015 ISSF World Cup Fi­nal ti­tle, Steven Scott also took part in the last In­ter­na­tional Shot­gun com­pe­ti­tion of this year.

A to­tal of 11 shoot­ers, rep­re­sent­ing 9 na­tions par­tic­i­pated in this Event.

The Mal­tese shooter qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nal stage with the score of 141/150, an iden­ti­cal score as Jef­frey Hol­guin of USA, James Wil­lett of Aus­tralia and Steven Scott of Great Bri­tain.

Fe­haid Aldee­hani, the Rio 2016 Olympic gold medal­ist topped the qual­i­fi­ca­tion stages with the score of 143/150 and the sixth ath­lete who reached the semis was An­dreas Loew of Ger­many with the score of 139/150.

The two par­tic­i­pants of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China Qiang Pan and Jun­jie Mo, Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion’s Vasily Mosin and both Ital­ian shoot­ers Marco In­no­centi and Alessan­dro Chi­anese were all elim­i­nated.

In the semi-fi­nal, Chet­cuti started from sta­tion 3 and man­aged to hit 27/30 tar­gets.

He was forced in a three-way shoot-off to qual­ify for the Bronze Medal Match with Fe­haid Aldee­hani and Steven Scott as they all fin­ished with the same score. Wil­liam Chet­cuti had the best out of this as he hit his first pair of tar­gets while his chal­lengers missed a tar­get each.

On the other hand Jef­frey Hol­guin, James Wil­lett and An­dreas Loew all man­aged 28/30 in the semis and had to go through an­other three-way shoot-off, this time for two ath­letes to qual­ify for Gold and one ath­lete to qual­ify for Bronze.

Out of these three it was Loew who had to chal­lenge Wil­liam Chet­cuti for the third place on the podium.

In the Bronze Medal Match the Mal­tese ath­lete did not look back as he ham­mered An­dreas Loew with the grand score of 29/30 to 24/30.

The win­ner of the ISSF World Cup Fi­nal was the young Aus­tralian, James Wil­lett as he beat USA’s Jef­frey Hol­guin with the score of 28/30 to 27/30.

Wil­liam Chet­cuti was as­sisted by Coach Jimmy Bugeja.

The ISSF cal­en­dar in Shot­gun Events of next year will start off in Fe­bru­ary 2017, with a World Cup in New Delhi, In­dia.

Mal­tese sharp­shooter Wil­liam Chet­cuti yes­ter­day scooped a bronze medal at the ISSF World Cup fi­nals held in Rome. The 31-year-old was one of 11 shoot­ers tak­ing part in the end of sea­son com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the ISSF fol­low­ing his World Cup gold medal vic­tory in Baku last June

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