BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese markswoman Wei Ning added another gold for her country at the Good Luck Beijing ISSF World Cup with 97 hits in women's skeet here on Thursday.
Italian shooter Diana Bacosi and American Haley Dunn shared silver and bronze with an equal score of 94 hits.
Achieving a leading 72 points in the qualification round, the 26-year-old Wei enlarged her advantage in the final round as the sole finalist to get all the birds.
In fact, the gold medal dropped upon her before the two-target last series, when world champion and Athens Olympics runner-up already enjoyed a sheer advantage against the second of three hits.
Satisfied with her performance today, Wei said she was actuallynot confident in the competition.
"I was very tired after intensified trainings beforehand, and I didn't play to my normal level in the trainings," she said.
But she adjusted herself. "I was trying to do as simply as possible," she said. "At the sight of a target, I just tell myself to click the trigger."
Talking about the Olympic Games, she noted that she "still had problems with some basic skills".
"I made some progress firing in the fourth position, but my performance was not stable enough," she said.
The fourth position was in the middle of the shooting range and recognized as the most difficult one.
"I will improve myself before the Olympic Games," pledged the shooter.
The second, third and fourth were decided among Bacosi, Dunn, who was gold medalist of the 2005 World Cup Final in Dubai, and Sweden shooter Nathalie Larsson at position No.4.
The trio all downed the first pair of birds.
Larsson and Dunn both missed the second target in the second pair, sending their Italian rival to the silver podium.
In the third pair, Dunn managed to take down both, while Larsson saw one flying by again.
"It (the result) has exceeded my expectation," said the excited Italian. "The key moment was in the shoot-off round. We had the same scores before the shoot-off and the tie can only be broken after the shoot-off."
In comparison, Dunn seemed less contented. "I had a rough day," she said. "I was quite confident to win the medal. In the competition, I wasn't shoot up to my potential."
When asked if the floating white clusters of willow flowers affected her much, the lady replied humorously: "I am from North America and I used to train in the snow."
The athlete contributed her final loss to nervousness. "I was very nervous at the shoot-off, actually, I was very nervous all the day," she said.
Another Chinese shooter, champion of the Barcelona Olympic Games, Zhang Shan, entered the final as the second-placer with 71 hits in the qualification round.
But a lapse in the fourth target eliminated her tiny cushion compared with the pursuing four finalists. Then three consecutive miss in the 13th, 14th and 15th shots pulled her further behind.
"This is the first competition I participated this year, and generally speaking, I was satisfied with the result," said Zhang.
"This competition might be my last in skeet as well, as I want to practice trap," she added.
While sending congratulations to her teammate Wei Ning, Zhang believed her path towards Olympic champion could be rugged. "This time, many competitive foreign athletes didn't appear in the final," she said.