Overnight Australia’s Junior Trap athlete Kiara Dean from Echuca-Moama in Victoria has won the silver medal in the Trap Women Junior event at the ISSF World Cup Junior in Suhl, Germany.
The ISSF World Cup Junior in Suhl, Germany was the first international competition since 2019 for Dean due to the Pandemic halting travel for the Australian Team. That year Dean finished 31st at this same ISSF World Cup Junior in Suhl. More recently, Kiara won the Victorian ISSF State Titles in Trap Women which proved to be great preparation for winning her silver medal here.
Qualification for Dean saw strong competition at the top with eight targets between the top 10. Dean held strong throughout Day 2 to score 112/125 tied with athletes from the Czech Republic and USA, where she hit one additional target to qualify in 7th position.
In the semi-final Kiara was strong from the start, scoring 5/5 in the opening 5 targets, before going on to score a total of 22/25 to finish first heading into the medal match. In the medal match, it was close throughout between Dean and Selin Ali from Bulgaria, with Dean finishing on 25/35 to claim the Silver Medal for Australia by one target.
Speaking about her performance Dean said “the semi-final was fantastic for me, I shot my first 14 targets straight and then finished up with a 22/25 which is a new personal best for me in a final”. Talking about the medal match, she said “I struggled with at the start but finished reasonably strong, it was quite a close final throughout the entire final but at the end it was really positive.”
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