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Acapulco and Al Ain World Cups


World Cup Season Kicked Off With Three Medals at Acapulco World Cup


In the season’s fi rst ISSF


World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico with a shotgun only event March 17-23, the USA Shooting Team fi nished second overall with three medals including Vincent Hancock’s (Eatonton, Ga., pic- tured) gold (his eighth Interna- tional Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup medal of his career), Brian Burrows’ (Fallbrook, Calif.) silver in Men’s Trap and Ian Rupert’s (Muncy, Pa.) bronze medal in Double Trap. Outside the three medalists, the U.S. Team had nine of the 13 ath- letes attending that fi nished in the top-10 overall. The reigning two-time Olym- pic gold medalist Hancock


missed just two targets in 125 shots in quali- fying to tie with Italian competi- tor Giancarlo Tazza. He would then assert his shooting domi- nance in the semifi nals with


a perfect 16/16 round to secure a spot in the fi nals against Brit- ain’s Michael Gilligan. Burrows has risen to the head


of the class in U.S. men’s trap shooting has included 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. The 19-year-old Rupert


(Muncy, Pa.) led Team USA to the podium once again with the match of his blossoming young career in Double Trap. The young- est fi nalist of six in the compe-


tition, Rupert outdueled India’s 25-year-old Asab Mohd, 25-24 hits in the bronze-medal match. Rupert had qualifi ed with


136 hits, tied with Sergio Pinero of the Dominican Republic, and


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)


then fi nished the semifi nal in fourth place with 24 hits out of 30 targets. “It has been a nice match! This is my fi rst time on an ISSF podium, and it feels simply great!” Rupert exclaimed.


Place Event Gold


Silver


Bronze 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


Eller and Thompson Led Strong Contingent At Al Ain World Cup


The International Shooting


Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup series rolled into Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) featuring 344 shotgun athletes from 50 countries. Among them was a strong U.S. contingent that featured 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller (US-


AMU/Houston, Texas) and his London Olympic teammate Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.). Competition began April 17


at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shoot- ing & Golf Club. In all, 12 USA Shooting athletes competed, including a mix of Olympic and veteran talent along with junior


athletes that stood out at the 2012 Fall Selection Match in Kerrville, Texas. Eller set a World Record of 146 in qualifying and fi nished fi fth overall in Men’s Double Trap.


Thompson fi nished 12th of 81 competitors in Men’s Skeet


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for the highest U.S. men’s fi nish of the match. On the women’s side, Junior competitor Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) was the top U.S. fi nisher in Women’s Skeet fi nishing 11th of 48 competi- tors.


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