Caffarelli settles for silver, Games champ impressed

Samoan gold medalist in the first round of shooting, Franco Caffarelli, had to settle for silver on the second of three rounds of shooting on Thursday.

He competed in the single barrel event in the shotgun category for the individual’s event, which resulted in a shoot off against Glenn Kabel of Fiji. 

They both scored 98 points in the competition at the Tafa'igata Shooting Range.

On Thursday, Caffarelli was also in a shoot-off against, Tuanua Degage of Tahiti, where he did not miss any targets to secure a gold medal. 

But this time he lost the shoot-off.

Mr. Gabel dominated the second round of shooting while Tahiti secured the Bronze medal.

Speaking with Samoa Observer, Caffarelli is sad that he could not attain the second gold for Samoa.

“It’s not gold but it’s a medal and tomorrow is another day to win gold as well," he said. "It’s a shame I get it today and it would’ve been better if it was gold again but got to settle for silver."

Although Gabel was able to settle for gold on the second round, he expressed his thoughts on the performance of the Samoan teen, who was able to defeat him already in the first round.

“This is my first time shooting against Franco and I’m just blown away with the ability of the Samoan young shooter and it’s a pleasure to see someone coming through the Oceania Region showing so much promise,” he said.

Caffarelli said going up against a world-class shooter like Glenn is something he is very proud of.

“He’s an excellent shooter for sure and he has won medals outside of SPG and he’s someone I can determine to be someday in the future,” he said.

“I’m sure I have a chance to go up to the world stage and I just need more practice in different range with different equipment.”

He is now looking forward to win the last round’s gold medal on Friday to do Samoa more proudness.

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