Libya, Benin and Egypt qualify for Nanjing 2014
Windhoek (NAM) - Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ali ELGHARARI clinched an unexpected Nanjing space for Libya at the African Youth Championships in Windhoek, Namibia this week.
ELGHARARI’s 613 was top of qualification and he steamed through head-to-heads to set-up a gold final against Seifeldin ELSEHELY, who secured the second available boy’s quota place for Egypt.
“I imagined my shot, and strove to produce a constant motion,” said the Libyan secondary school student, who only started shooting competitively in 2013. “I was stressed during the first 36 arrows, but relaxed and shot better during the second one.”
Egyptian girl Rana KAMEL, who’s been shooting for 10 years, is one step closer to following in the footsteps of elder sisters Aya – who competed at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore – and, her coach, London Olympian Nada. She made an all-Egyptian Windhoek final against Hana ELSHIMY.
With only one quota space available to each country, the second fell to Benin’s Kpetchehoue ZINSOU – who shoots for bronze against Salma ESMAT, also representing Egypt. ZINSOU will still have to meet the minimum qualification criteria if she wishes to compete in Nanjing.
Namibian cadet Xander REDDIG claimed his universality place by meeting the minimum qualification criteria at the Independence Shoot last month and again at Windhoek.