Dean medals at World Cup

On target: Kiara Dean has made a mark at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany. Photo: Steve Huntly Photo by Steve Huntley

Echuca clay target shooter and Australian representative Kiara Dean will walk away with a pair of medals following a successful showing at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany.

Dean's first medal came in a thrilling trap women’s junior event, where the 21-year-old claimed silver.

Dean’s qualifying shoot went down to the wire with the young talent shooting 112/125, but she was forced to fight for a spot in the semi-final in a tie-break shoot.

Dean hit the necessary single target to qualify for the first semi-final, where she finished first with a score of 22/25 to qualify for the medal match.

There, Dean very nearly snatched gold from Bulgaria’s Ali Selin in a thrilling finale, finishing just one target behind on 25/35.

In the trap team event, Dean snared her second medal of the Junior World Cup.

Shooting alongside Renae Jones and Molly Bretag, Dean and the Australian team shot 196/225 in the junior women's trap team qualifying to progress to the bronze medal match in a competitive field.

Going head-to-head with the United States, the Australians pipped their opposition by two targets to claim bronze, Dean’s second of the competition.

It marks a successful showing for the Echuca-Moama sportstar in another representative shoot for her country.

After missing out on last year’s Peru Junior World Championships due to COVID-19 conditions in the country, Dean nabbed another spot for the green and gold, continuing her upward trajectory as one of the most promising young prospects in the sport.