Rooney strikes sil­ver in World Cup event

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Ti­maru trap shooter Na­talie Rooney has struck sil­ver at the sec­ond round of the ISSF World Cup se­ries in Mex­ico.

The Olympic sil­ver medal­list qual­i­fied for the top six semi-fi­nal and then went through to the fi­nal with Amer­i­can Ash­ley Car­roll.

Car­roll and Rooney were then tied 42-all at the end of the sched­uled 50 tar­gets, forc­ing a sud­den death shoot-off.

The 28-year-old Rooney then un­for­tu­nately missed her first tar­get to hand the Amer­i­can the win at the Club de Caza Tiro, in Aca­pulco.

Rooney said she made the mis­take of not re­fo­cussing be­fore sud­den death.

‘‘I kind of brought it on my­self. Ob­vi­ously it was not what I wanted and sadly I missed the first tar­get.’’

Rooney said it also took some to get ac­cus­tomed new scor­ing and semi-fi­nal sys­tem.

‘‘The top six shoot­ers are found after 25 tar­gets and then the low­est shooter drops after each five shots, un­til the top two go through to a 10-shot fi­nal.

‘‘I had 22 after the first 25 shots, then 20 in the next 25.’’

Rooney showed her sense of hu­mour, say­ing that was also a new world record.

‘‘Of course it is only the sec­ond time the sys­tem has been used.’’

At the start of the trap com­pe­ti­tion there were 33 shoot­ers rep­re­sent­ing 16 na­tions.

It was, how­ever, a pleas­ing fin­ish for Rooney, the world’s sec­ond ranked women’s trap shooter, after a dis­ap­point­ing start to the World Cup in In­dia, where she fin­ished 21st.

Mex­ico is turn­ing into some­what of a lucky spot for Rooney as it was where she had her break­through medal in the World Cup in 2015.

At the same event two years ago, she held her nerve to grab the bronze in a shoot-off and on the way be­came the first Kiwi woman to medal in the trap at a World Cup event.

‘‘Be­ing back here on the podium cer­tainly brings back some fond mem­o­ries. I guess it was the re­al­ity of be­ing able to com­pete with the world’s best.

‘‘Any time you get a medal amongst world class com­pe­ti­tion you have to be happy.’’

Rooney’s next World Cup out­ing will be in on April 5 and then there is a break un­til the world cham­pi­onships in Moscow at the end of Au­gust, with the World Cup fi­nal in Oc­to­ber in Delhi.

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