Gaby Ahrens of Namibia and Egyptian Afaf Hodhod have secured quota places for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after both struck gold at the African Shooting Championships in Cairo.
Ahrens, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist at New Delhi 2010, achieved the feat in the women’s trap competition at the event in Egypt’s capital city.
She took gold thanks to a 15-10 success in a nail-biting final with opponent Mariem Rammah of Morocco.
The Moroccan shooter began the better of the two competitors in the final as Ahrens, the Namibian flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London, missed her opening few shots, allowing Rammah to move into an early lead.
Ahrens, however, recovered from her difficult start and dropped the remainder of her targets to claim victory and she now looks likely to compete in her third consecutive Olympics when the Games at Rio 2016.
The Namibian had reached the final after hitting 12 out of the 15 targets in the semi-final, which came after she only managed 17 hits in the first qualification round.
Despite the early troubles, she began to find her form and scored 21 and 22 hits to seal a spot in the semi-final.
“It was a long and emotional day,” Ahrens said.
“I beat some tough opponents, including Magie Ashwamy from Egypt who is ranked 13th in the world, so I'm very happy to be the African champion and to have qualified for the Olympics.
“I prepared for this event all year.
“I worked hard and achieved my goal and this makes me happy.
“Now my focus shifts to the Olympic Games in 2016.”
Hodhod managed to bag a quota spot for the host country as she clinched gold in the women’s 10 metres air pistol shooting, scoring 381 out of a possible 400 points.