China’s Wang Xiaojing set a world record of 45 hits out of 50 targets to win today’s women’s trap final at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup in Cypriot city Larnaca.
The 24-year-old thus claimed her first World Cup medal in only her second appearance.
She debuted at this year's opening stage in India’s capital New Delhi, where she reached the final and eventually finished in fifth place.
After qualifying for today's final with 71 hits, Wang made a shaky start and missed two targets out of the first three.
But as the light changed half-way through the round, her opponents started missing and she climbed up the leaderboard.
Fighting for gold, she overtook Lebanon’s two-time Olympian Ray Bassil, who finished in second place with 42 hits and won the third World Cup silver medal of her career.
San Marino’s Alessandra Perilli, the 2015 ISSF World Cup champion, took bronze with 33 hits.
She hit 18 targets in a row to lead through the first part of the final, but as the visibility changed, she missed seven targets and dropped down the standings.
"Wang was the only one with the right lenses, when the light changed," two-time World Cup gold medallist Rodolfo Viganò of Italy said when commenting on the final.
"It was really sunny when the match started, but then the wind picked up and clouds came in, totally changing the visibility.
"She was the only finalist wearing the right glasses at that moment, and that probably made a difference."
Italy’s Alessia Iezzi, the 2015 junior world champion, also found it difficult to deal with the visibility.
She only missed two targets out of the first 15, but then registered five zeroes and slid down to fourth place with a total tally of 28 hits.
Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Natalie Rooney of New Zealand followed in fifth place with 23 hits, while Spain’s Fatima Galvez came sixth with 18 hits.
The last final in Larnaca is scheduled for tomorrow, when medals will be awarded in the men’s trap.
Norway’s Sindre Kragsrud currently holds the lead in qualification with a perfect score of 50 targets, while 10 athletes are tied on 49.
The next 75 qualification targets, tomorrow morning, will determine the six finalists.