Ashley Carroll of USA won the gold in the Women’s Trap at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico.
The 22-year-old wrestled her way through a crowded shoot-off to enter the finals, earning the one and only spot left and prevailing over multi-decorated shooter Laetisha Scanlan of Australia.
In the finals, Carroll didn’t miss any of her first 19 targets, eventually going through a slump midway through the match, where she missed allowed New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney to overtake her. Despite that, she managed to match her rival’s pace, eventually catching up with Rooney in the last 10 targets.
As both Carroll and Rooney concluded with 42 hits, it took an additional shoot-off to determine the winner. Rooney shot first and missed, allowing Carroll to claim the first World Cup gold in front of her parents who were cheering from the stands.
“It actually feels great to win my first World Cup Gold medal in front of my mom and dad, we live in California, so it’s quite easy to come here in Mexico. It’s been great to feel their support and my teammates’ support all along the qualifications round and through the final match,” said Carroll.
By finishing with the same score at the end of 50 targets, Carroll and Rooney also bested the scored nailed by Australia’s Penny Smith in New Delhi last month, and they now jointly hold the world record in the event.
Alessandra Perilli of San Marino completed the podium by finishing third, collecting the sixth World Cup medal of her career.