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Rifl e athletes Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Mass.) and Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.) made their event fi nals in air rifl e while two-time pistol Olympian Keith Sanderson (Kailua, Hawaii) earned a trip back to the fi - nals after a fi fth- place result in the Ft. Benning, Ga., World Cup. The high- lights included several near misses includ- ing three top-10 performances during Wednes- day’s events alone. Jason Parker (Omaha, Neb.) missed fi nals by one point in Three-Position Rifl e fi nishing ninth while Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) earned his third top-10 performance in three World Cup events, includ- ing a gold medal in air pistol, with a 10th-place fi nish again in air pistol. Brown actually had the same exact qualifying score as two other fi nalists but was eliminated on a tiebreaker which counts total perfect scores over 60 shots. Brown had 21, better than four of the eight fi nalists, but not more than the people he was chasing for a shot in the fi nals. In just her third World Cup, Morgan Craft (Muncy Valley, Pa.) fi nished one target out in Women’s Skeet. Another notable included Women’s Skeet shooter Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Fla.) who im- pressed the fi eld after scoring a new Junior World Record with a score of 73/75. Vizzi, shooting in the MQS (extra shooter) cat- egory, continued a red-hot July after recently winning a National Junior Olympic title as well. Two-time Olympic medalist


en and Skeet Men events); and two new World Records Junior were es- tablished (50m Rifl e Prone Men and 10m Air Rifl e Women events).


letes,


The best ath- selected


through seven World Cup stag- es in Acapulco (MEX),


won (KOR),


Five-time Olympian Emil Milev placed third in Rapid Fire Pistol.


Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) proved that he is indeed human after a faulty second round 22 in the Men’s Skeet competition left him off his normal pace. He fi nished with a 119 total and missed the Finals by three tar- gets.


After his round was complete


Thursday, Hancock took to Twitter to proclaim: “You got the best of me this time Granada... But next year I’ll be back & I’ll be ready. #yeartotrain.” Of course, Hancock’s talking about the upcoming 2014 ISSF World Championships which are also scheduled to take place in Granada next September. China fi nished atop of the


overall medal standings of the last World Cup Stage of the sea- son, where 15 events in Rifl e, Pis- tol and Shotgun disciplines were staged. China ended up in fi rst with an impressive total of nine medals (four gold, three silver and two bronze). Italy fi nished


Jeff Holguin placed fourth in Double Trap.


in sec- ond,


with


three gold and two silver, for a total of fi ve medals (three won in Shotgun events).


Chang- Al


Ain (UAE), Fort Ben- ning (USA), Munich (GER), Nico- sia (CYP) and fi nally


Korea secured third


place on the medals board with two gold and one bronze. Three new World Records


were set (50m Rifl e Prone Men, 10m Air Rifl e Women and Skeet Women events); two World Re- cords were equaled (Trap Wom-


Granada (ESP), will now meet at the end of the season at the ISSF World Cup Finals. The ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final will be held in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Octo- ber 21-29. The Rifl e and Pistol World Cup Final will be hosted at the 1972 Olympic Shooting Range of Munich, Germany, in November 6-12.


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