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Not fading away

By Kyle O’Neill
Posted Thursday, June 5, 2008

It was the good, the bad and the odd during the first of five events at the ISSF World Cup held in Suhl, Germany.

Each a contender for an Olympic medal in August, Daniela Del Din of San Marino and defending world champion Liu Yingzi of China claimed silver and bronze, respectively, showcasing each may be ready for the Beijing Games in just over two months.

While some of the familiar names in the sport found success, there was one, a hometown favorite in Susanne Kiermayer, who turned her worst round of the two-day match with a score of 17 out of 25 in the final. The round, which included Kiermayer missing her first four shots, left the world's No. 21 well behind the eventual winner in Italy's Jessica Rossi.

Rossi provided a quick peek into the future for Italy's shooting team, as the 16-year-old junior champion won the first-ever finals she qualified for with a score of 94, two off the world record set in 2006.

While there has been no official announcement regarding who will fill Italy's one Olympic quota for women's trap, it will likely fall into the hands of world No. 2 Deborah Gelisio or No. 4 Giulia Iannotti. Regardless, 2012's team certainly looks crowded if Rossi keeps this pace up.

In men's trap, which will finish Friday, Australian world record holder Michael Diamond holds a one-point lead over six others tied for second with 98 after four rounds.



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