Up-and-coming double trap shooter Nathan Lee Xuereb achieved a commendable result on Thursday when finishing fourth in the International Shotgun Cup, staged in Orimattila, Finland.
The competition pitted Xuereb, winner of the junior title at this year’s Malta International Double Trap Grand Prix, against some of the best junior double trap shooters from Finland, Russia, India and Slovakia.
Xuereb chalked up scores of 44, 48 and 42 for a total of 134 from 150 in the qualifying rounds. The Maltese shooter was second in the standings, four points behind Russian shooter Artem Nekrasov (138).
In the barrage, Xuereb hit 42 from 50 and had to settle for fourth place in the final classification with an aggregate score of 176.
Nekrasov was in a class of his own on the day as he smashed 47 in the final to win the competition on 185 points, five ahead of fellow countryman Artur Qmingasov who was second. Slovakia’s Filip Praj was third on 179.
In a statement, the Malta Shooting Sport Federation (MSSF) described Xuereb’s result as a remarkable achievement, one that bodes well for the future of shooting in Malta.
Another two MSSF members will be in action this weekend in Finland. Clive Farrugia takes part in the skeet competition today and Lee Micallef figures in the trap competition tomorrow.
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