ZAGREB, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) — Derrick Scott Mein of the United States and Carole Cormenier of France both won their maiden world championship titles in the men’s and women’s trap event respectively at the World Shotgun Championships in Osijek, Croatia on Wednesday.
The world championships is also part of the qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with four quota places on offer in each individual event.
Mein, who survived five rounds of shoot-offs in the ranking match, made 33 hits in the medal match with five perfect sets in the final duel against Nathan Hales of Britain, winning the first world championship title of his career. 26-year-old Hales won the silver with 31 hits and Yang Kun-Pi of Chinese Taipei, top finisher in the qualification, bagged to bronze. Bhowneesh Mendiratta, 23, won a Paris 2024 berth for India despite missing the podium.
Olympic and European champion Jiri Liptak of the Czech Republic had a disappointing 54th-placed finish in the qualification.
In the women’s competition, Cormenier made 31 hits to beat former world champion Fatima Galvez of Spain by two hits for her first world championship gold. Slovakia’s Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova, who won the Olympic gold in Tokyo, finished third ahead of Australia’s Catherine Skinner.
France, Spain, Slovakia and Australia have thus obtained one quota place each for Paris 2024.
China’s Wang Xiaojing, who finished second in the qualification, did not make it to the medal match after finishing third behind Skinner and Galvez in the ranking match.
Men’s and women’s skeet events will be contested on October 9.