Fabbrizi wins trap, Klimov rapid fire at World Cup
LONDON (AP) - World champion Massimo Fabbrizi of Italy won the World Cup trap title on the Olympic layout at Royal Artillery Barracks on Friday.
Also, Alexei Klimov of Russia underlined his world champion status in the 25-meter rapid fire pistol when he headed off Chinese shooters Ding Feng and Zhang Jian in the hit-or-miss final.
Fabbrizi went into the trap final in a three-way lead with Athens Olympic champion Alexey Alipov of Russia and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Giovanni Pellielo, also of Italy. But Fabbrizi missed only one clay out of 25 in the final, while Alipov and Pellielo began and finished with misses.
Fabbrizi won gold with 143 points, Alipov scored 141 and Pellielo 140. Two-time Olympic champ Michael Diamond of Australia was 18th and reigning Olympic champ David Kostelecky of the Czech Republic 24th.
Klimov topped rapid fire pistol qualifying, but all six men in the final start on zero, with the lowest scorer being dropped.
Klimov didn't shoot low. He equaled the final world record with 33 hits out of 40. Ding headed off Zhang to the gold match and finished with 30 and Zhang 26.
"To be the favorite (for the Olympics) does not scare me that much, I am good in coping with pressure,'' Klimov said.
The first to drop out after the fourth series was Martyn Strnad (11) of the Czech Republic, then Santiago Montis (16) of Spain after the fifth and Olympic bronze medalist Christian Reitz (21) of Germany after the sixth.
Three-time Olympic champion Ralf Schumann was 11th.