21st February 2019
Renae Jones shoots at Open Women’s ISSF (Olympic) Trap Event
Renae Jones shot in the Open Women’s ISSF (Olympic) Trap event on Saturday and Sunday at the Sydney Cup at Sydney International Shooting Centre.
Olympic trap targets are thrown at more than 100km - about 28 metres per second - at twice the severity of angle compared to the trap events shot in local club and school competition, where targets travel at approximately 60kmh.
The event qualification over 125 targets allows 2 shots at each target. In the final though only a single shot is allowed.
She performed very well in the final. Starting from a disadvantage in sixth place going into the final she gained a small lead early and improved on it over the first 25 targets. She eliminated 3 others including including an Australian Olympian, who departed in fourth, to take the bronze medal at the final elimination on 28/40. For much of the final she was tied with silver medalist Charlie Hudson-Czernieki.
World Champion Penny Smith claimed the gold medal.
Renae’s performance on the weekend adds to her results at the recent National Championships where she shot a junior benchmark score, made 3 out of her four finals and won a junior medal. She came third in the open mixed teams with William Lizzi from WA.
It is hopefully enough to see her selected for the Australian Team for the Junior World Championships in Lonato, Italy which is followed by the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, both in July.