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match! This is my fi rst time on an ISSF podium, and it feels simply great!” Rupert exclaimed. Athletes and sport offi cials

had anxiously awaited this mo- ment since instituting monu- mental rule changes adopted by the ISSF after the 2012 Olympic Games in London. More than 160 athletes from

27 countries met in this vacation mecca to get the shooting calen- dar underway and to ultimately determine who would stand out under the new rules. The new ISSF rule changes

have brought about the most extensive set of modifi cations in the sports history while imple- menting a completely new Finals format. After the qualifi cation rounds, which are conducted under the old rules, the top-six shooters advance to a semifi nal– a new competition stage. The qualifi cation score is not carried forward as all the semifi nalists start from zero. Semifi nalists will compete on

a reduced number of stations and targets. After the semifi - nals, the top two advance to the gold medal match, dueling for the highest step of the podium. On the other side, the third and fourth ranked semifi nalists enter the bronze medal match, fi ghting for third position. Specifi cally, the Trap event

will have semifi nalists and med- al-match contenders competing on stations 2-4, for a total of 15 targets. The same applies to Double Trap, on 15 doubles (30

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targets). Skeet semi-fi nalists and fi nalists will compete on sta- tions 3, 4, 5 and then back to 4, shooting a double and a reverse double at each station, for a total of 16 targets. The new rules push even

greater drama on the fi nal stag- es. The ISSF feels that the chang- es make medal decisions easier to understand, thus enhancing the viewing excitement for both spectators and TV audience. The USA Shooting Shotgun

Team, under the direction of National Team Head Coach Todd Graves have spent the fall and winter extensively preparing for this moment and are ready to put their training to the test. “We’ve actively prepared our

athletes to be able to perform at their very best starting with Aca- pulco,” said Graves. “But there’s still a lot of unknown in terms of how the new fi nals format will proceed in an actual competi- tion. Our shooters will have to make adjustments accordingly and this will give us the evidence we need to adapt training regi- mens and mindsets if necessary. At the end of the day, the game remains the same and if you break more targets than your op- ponent from beginning to end, you’re going to win.”

Athlete Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, Calif.) Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) Jon Michael McGrath (Tulsa, Okla.) Miranda Wilder (Diana, Texas) Jaiden Grinnell (Port Angeles, Wash.) Rachael Heiden (Clinton, Mich.) Haley Dunn (Muenster, Texas) Ashley Carroll (Solvang, Calif.) Billy Crawford (Johnstown, Ohio) Kelcey DePatis (Donovan, Ill.) Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock. Mich.) Dakotah Richardson (Godley, Texas)

Place Event

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

4th 5th 5th 6th 7th 10th 19th 29th 29th 36th Skeet Trap Double Trap Skeet Trap Skeet Trap Skeet Trap Double Trap Double Trap Trap Trap

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