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Acapulco World Cup


World Cup Season Off To Strong Start With Three Medals at Acapulco World Cup


The shotgun-only event featured 13 U.S. athletes with nine earning fi nishes inside the top-10. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock (skeet/Eatonton, Ga.), Brian Burrows (trap/Fallbrook, Calif.) and Ian Rupert (double trap/Muncy, Pa.) earned gold, silver and bronze medals for the U.S. squad.


Hancock won gold in men’s skeet at the Acapulco World Cup. This win marks his eighth ISSF World Cup medal.


Photo courtesy of ISSF/Dalla Dea


a spot in the fi nals against Brit- ain’s Michael Gilligan. Burrows’ rise to the head


It is that time of year when


thousands escape to Mexico for Spring Break, but for 13 USA Shooting athletes there was a lot more work than play tak- ing place as the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup season kicked off in Acapulco, Mexico with a shotgun only event March 17- 23.


In the season’s fi rst World


Cup, the USA Shooting Team fi n- ished second overall with three medals including Vincent Han- cock’s (Eatonton, Ga.) gold (his eighth International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World


Cup medal of his career), Brian Burrows’ (Fallbrook, Calif.) silver in Men’s Trap and Ian Ru- pert’s (Muncy, Pa.) bronze medal in Double Trap. Outside the three medal- ists, the U.S. Team had nine of the 13 athletes attend- ing that fi nished in the top-10 overall.


54 USA Shooting News | May 2013 “It has been a nice


match! This is my fi rst time on an ISSF


podium, and it feels simply great!”


Rupert exclaimed


(following his bronze- medal win).


T h e reigning tw o-time O l y m p i c gold medal- ist Hancock missed just two targets in 125 shots in qualify- ing to tie with Italian competitor Giancarlo Taz- za. He would


then assert his shooting domi- nance in the semifi nals with a perfect 16/16 round to secure


of the class in U.S. men’s trap shooting as he earned a World Cup silver medal, a National Title and Fall Selection Match gold the last three times he’s stepped to the fi ring line. Bur- rows’ 122/125 qualifying score put him a three-way tie atop the leaderboard. 19-year-old Rupert (Muncy,


Pa.) led Team USA to the po- dium once again with the match of his blossoming young career in Double Trap. The youngest fi nalist of six in the competi- tion, Rupert outdueled India’s 25-year-old Asab Mohd, 25-24 hits in the bronze-medal match. Rupert had qualifi ed with


a new World Record of 136 hits, tied to Sergio Pinero of the Dominican Republic, and then fi nished the Semi-Final in fourth place with 24 hits out of 30 targets. “It has been a nice


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