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Galea second in U-21 trap shoot in Kuwait

U-21 shooter James GaleaU-21 shooter James Galea

The Malta Shooting Sport Federation (MSSF) venture in this year’s HH Amir of Kuwait International Grand Prix got off to an auspicious start yesterday when James Galea finished second in the trap competition for under-21s.

Galea, who is assisted by his father and coach Joe in Kuwait, took part in a shoot on 125 clays.

He started with a perfect 25-point straight and only missed one clay from the next round.

His score then went down to 19 but Galea lifted his position with a couple of 23s in his final two rounds.

Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Berdov won the U-21 title with 116 clays, two better off than Galea. Morocco youngster Hafid Elnahadi was third with 113 points.

Yesterday, another Maltese shooter, very coincidentally named James Galea, represented the federation in the trap competition for seniors.

Galea, coached by Antoine Bugeja, managed an overall 106 from 125 clays.

Today, it will be the turn of Dimitrov Bozidar to take part in the skeet shoot.

The second round of the skeet competition will be completed on Friday.

Double Trap contenders William Chetcuti and Nathan Lee Xuereb, as always under the charge of Jimmy Bugeja, will also be in action on Friday.

The Maltese contingent in Kuwait is led by president Saviour Portelli and vice-president George Cassar.

Both high-ranking MSSF officials made the trip to the Middle East after accepting an invitiation from the Kuwait Shooting Federation.

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