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Shotgun World Cup Finals


Eller Finishes Season With Silver at World Cup Finals


pete in a 15-pair shoot-off to de- termine rankings and medal match- ups.


Eller and


It is good to be Glenn Eller. The reigning Double


Richmond tied in the semifi nal for second place with both men shooting 29/30. Eller would even- tually edge out Richmond for the gold-medal fi nal in a shootoff, 8-7. Eller then went on to face Vas- ily Mosin of Rus- sia for the gold. Though Mosin qualifi ed in sixth place, he shot a


Trap


World Champion has been fre- quently fi nding himself atop the medal stands this fall, and this October, he picked up the fi fth World Cup Final medal of his career by adding a silver at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup Finals in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Eller (USAMU/Houston, Tex- as) entered the fi nals in second place, just two targets behind Binyuan Hu of China in qualifi - cation. Eller’s U.S. Army Marks- manship Unit and 2012 Olympic teammate Josh Richmond (US- AMU/Hillsgrove, Pa.) also quali- fi ed for the fi nal in third place, just one target behind Eller. In the new ISSF fi nals format, however, all six fi nalists com-


perfect 30/30 in the semifi nal to move on in the top position.


Though Eller only dropped one target in the gold-medal fi nal, Mosin once again shot a perfect 30/30 for the win. Richmond’s 27/30 perfor- mance wasn’t enough to take the bronze medal from World Cup Granada gold medalist Da- vide Gasparini of Italy who shot 29/30.


Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) fought hard through 12 shootoff shots in qualifi cation, but just missed securing a spot in the fi nal to place seventh overall. At the conclusion of the World Cup series each year, the best eight athletes in each event with the highest qualifi cation values will qualify for the ISSF World Cup Final. Qualifi cation points are earned through ranking and in relation to the score(s) shot by the athlete at each World Cup.


Additional “wild card” slots are granted to the title defenders, and, in the years of the Olympic Games and of the World Cham- pionships, to the three medalists in each event.


2012 Olympic gold medalist


Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) was slated to compete in Men’s Skeet, but Hancock decided not to make the trip due to family obligations.


Glenn Eller wins silver at the World Cup Finals in Double Trap in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photos by: Marco Dalla Dea/ISSF


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