Wednesday, 01 December 2021 06:52 GMT

Italian Olympic champion Cainero wins gold in Qatar


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) By Armstrong Vas / The Peninsula

Doha: Olympic champions Chiara Cainero and Diana Bacosi continued the Italian domination at the Qatar Open Shotgun Championship by winning the first and third place at the Losail Shooting Range.
France's Lucie Anastassiou, however, upset the best of the plans of the two Italians to have a repeat of the 1-2 Rio Olympic Games Skeet podium finish in Qatar.
Yesterday, the 25-year-old from La Rochelle stood between Cainero and Bacosi to clinch the silver medal in Doha.
At the 2016 Olympic Games in the Brazilian city, the Italians made the first two places their own and they gave enough indications in Qatar that they meant business but Anastassiou proved to be a stumbling block in the end.
Beijing Olympic Games winner and Rio silver medal winner Cainero took the first place while compatriot Bacosi, gold medal winner at the Rio Games took the bronze as the Italians continued their domination in Doha.
On Monday, at the same event Italian men made a clean sweep by making it 1-2-3 in Double Trap On the concluding day of the nine-day championship hosted by Qatar Shooting and Archery Association (QSSA) 39-year-old Cainero overcame the stiff challenge of Anastassiou to collect the $7,000 cash prize.
The 34-year-old Bacosi pushed the 2016 Qatar winner, Amber Hill of England to the fourth spot.
Cainero was delighted to finish on the podium along with Bacosi.
'It was difficult because of the wind but I am happy I featured in the final along with another Olympic champion and teammate (Bacosi) we are used to finishing on the podium, she said while talking to reporters here yesterday.
The four-time Olympian praised the facilities at Losail.
'It is always a nice experience to start the season in Qatar. The facilities are excellent. The Losail Shooting Range is same as any Olympic Shooting ranges you will find in any part of the world. It is one of the best. We love to compete here and the weather here is fantastic as it is winter in Italy at this time of the year, who has been a regular at the shot gun event.
'I first took part in an event in 2006, that is many years back and I was very young, she recalled.
Meanwhile in the men's section, 26-year-old Jakub Tomacek of Czech Republic topped in the Skeet event followed by Jesper Hansen of Denmark. 2008 Olympic Games bronze medal winner Anthony Terras of France finished third.

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