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World Clay Target Championships


Eller, Juniors Shine at World Championships in Lima


Team USA concluded the 2013


World Championships having won eight medals, including fi ve gold, one silver and two bronze. Six of the med- als were earned by the 15 junior com- petitors participating including two Jr. World Champions, a Jr. World Champs silver medalist, one team gold medal and two bronze medals. The team fi nished third in the overall medal count behind Italy (17) and Russia (10), but eclipsed Russia by fi ve in the gold-medal race. 2008 Olympic gold medalist


Glenn Eller (Katy Texas) took gold in the Open Division of Double Trap – his fi rst international medal since a World Cup bronze medal in 2011. For Eller, it was his second career World title having won in 2003 as well. De- spite the USA’s history of success in Double Trap, Lima marks an all-time best as this is the fi rst-time ever that USA Shooting Teams have swept both team and individual events at a World Championships in this event with in- dividual gold by Eller and Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) and team gold by Eller, Derek Haldeman (Sunbury, Ohio) and Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) along with Junior Team gold by Rupert, Billy Crawford (Johnstown, Ohio) and Chris- tian Wilkoski (Centerburg, Ohio).


The U.S. Men’s Jr. Double Trap


team’s gold medal in Lima contin- ues a string of medal success dating back to 1993. Miranda Wilder (Diana, Texas) made history in Lima, Peru, by becoming the fi rst person, male or female, to win two Junior World Titles in the shotgun event of international bunker trap during their career. With Junior Team bronze earned


by Wilder, Kimberley Bowers (Lafayette, Calif.) and Amber Culwell (Rose Bud, Ark.), U.S. Junior Women’s Trap teams have now won a medal in all fi ve World Championships since the event began being contested at the World Championships level. Since Junior Women’s Skeet be-


gan in 2001, U.S. women have earned a medal in all but two of the 10 World Championships including four Junior World titles. Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Fla.) kept that record intact with her sil- ver-medal performance to begin the World Championships in Lima. With a Junior Men’s Team bronze


in skeet earned by Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas), Nick Boerboon (Prior Lake, Minn.) and Luis “Taz” Gloria (Tuc- son, Ariz.), Team USA has earned sev- en Junior Men’s Team medals since 2000.


Athlete


Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) Nick Boerboon (Prior Lake, Minn.) Luis “Taz” Gloria (Tucson, Ariz.) Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) T.J. Bayer (College Station, Texas) Dania Jo Vizzi (Odessa, Fla.)


Gayla Gregory (College Station, Texas) Hannah Houston (Columbia, Tenn.) Haley Dunn (Muenster, Texas) Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) Morgan Craft (Muncy Valley, Pa.) Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.)


Billy Crawford (Johnstown, Ohio)


Place Event 9th


12th 19th 10th 13th 44th Silver 9th


10th 12th 16th 25th Gold 5th


Christian Wilkoski (Centerburg, Ohio) 10th Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas)


Derek Haldeman (Sunbury, Ohio) Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.)


Gold 6th


19th


Bradley Beckmann (Chesterfi eld, Mo.) 5th Corey Spruill (Saint Charles, Mo.) Austin Odom (Benton, Ark.)


John Mullins (Port Orchard, Wash.) Jake Wallace (Castiac, Calif.)


Matthew Gossett (Springville, Ala.) Miranda Wilder (Diana, Texas)


Kimberley Bowers (Lafayette, Calif.) Amber Culwell (Rose Bud, Ark.) Rachael Heiden (Clinton, Mich.) Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) Ashley Carroll (Solvang, Calif.)


24th 27th 12th 35th 59th Gold 6th


18th 6th


19th 23rd


Jr. Men’s Skeet


Men’s Skeet


Jr. Women’s Skeet


Women’s Skeet


Jr. Men’s Double Trap


Men’s Double Trap


Jr. Men’s Trap


Men’s Trap


Jr. Women’s Trap


Women’s Trap


Left: (left in photo) Dania Vizzi. Middle: Miranda Wilder. Above: Glenn Eller.


Photos by: Marco Dalla Dea/ ISSF


32 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2013


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