Brovold misses the gold by millimeters

Photo: torebrovold.com

Photo: torebrovold.com

Tore Brovold lost the World Cup final in skeet shooting after a long shoot-off.

The pigeons are cast out one or two at a time, either from the left or the right. The shooters must keep the gun at the hip as a starting position, and have one shot per pigeon. The qualification consists of 125 piegoens for the men and 75 for the women, with a final round of 25 pigeons.

The skeet-shooting competition proceeded thus: The pigeons were cast out one or two at a time, either from the left or the right. The shooters must keep the gun at the hip as a starting position, and each shooter has one shot per pigeon. The qualification consists of 125 pigeons for the men and 75 for the women, with a final round of 25 pigeons.

Brovold, together with the Spanish shooter Juan Jose Aramburu and Kuwaiti shooter Abdullah Alrashidi, was in the lead after the 125 introductory shots and the 25 in the final. Out of 150 hits possible, the three men had 149 each.

This made a shoot-off necessary.

After nine shots in the shoot-off, the man from Kuwait was out, and had to settle for the bronze. Brovold and Aramburu both hit the next two pigeons, but then the Norwegian was out when he missed the twelfth shot. Aramburu hit it, and thus took home the World Championship gold medal.

Aramburu was the only one with a full house – 125 hits – in the introductory shooting,  but he missed the tenth finale shot. Sine the other two made all the shots in the final, all three had equal scores.

Brovold missed his 90th shot in the first round, which put him at fourth place in the competition. Otherwise, he shot perfectly, apart from his 12th shot in the shoot-off.

The two other Norwegians in the competition in Belgrade, Tom Beier Jensen and Ole Eilif Undseth, placed in 42nd and 43rd, both with 121 hits. Neither made it to the final round.

Tore Brovold won the Olympic silver medal in Beijing in 2008, also after losing a shoot-off for the gold, and he took the European Championship gold in 2009.
He has already secured for Norway a coveted spot in the skeet competition in next year’s Olympics in London.
Source: NRK Sport

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