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World Cup USA for Shotgun

USA Shooting Team Collects Most Awards At Tucson World Cup

The USA Shooting Team

defended their home turf while collecting four med- als and 10 top-11 fi nishers in the season’s fi rst Interna- tional Shooting Sports Fed- eration (ISSF) World Cup of the season for Shotgun. The highlights included a Skeet

raw and uplifting. Such was the case on the fi nal day of competition with Dustin Perry earning his fi rst career World Cup medal. Perry (Lovelady, Texas)

didn’t just earn a bronze medal, he equaled a qualify- ing World Record in the pro-

before he composed himself enough to fi nish without an- other miss. Bronze nearly could have

been silver or gold as well as he was forced to enter a shoot-off for the gold-med- al match after shooting a 15/16 in the semifi nal. With

his fi rst international fi nal. Before today, just three oth- er Americans had earned a podium fi nish in World Cup action since 2005. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vin- cent Hancock has won nine of those during that span, while Perry joins Jon McGrath and Sean Mclelland as the only other Americans to earn a World Cup medal over the last eight years.

The USA Shooting Team went 1-2- 3-4 on April 14 when Jeff Holguin and Josh Richmond claimed gold and silver in Men’s Double Trap and Kim Rhode and Brandy Drozd claimed bronze and fourth in Women’s Skeet at the Tucson World Cup.

For local product Luis

fi rst, a triumphant return of Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.), and more Double Trap domi- nance.

When you are USA Shoot-

ing and you have arguably one of the best shotgun programs in the world, suc- cess is expected. When it happens for the fi rst time to someone new, it gives way to a fl ood of emotion that is

cess and was just a few tar- gets away from breaking the world record and earning a perfect mark. The quest for perfection ended on Station 4, however, after missing on a single from the low house midway through his fi fth & fi nal round of qualifi cation. The miss caused an un- characteristic reaction from Perry immediately afterward

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four of the six competitors tying that mark, it would cre- ate a shoot-off to determine who would go up against top semifi nal qualifi er Steffan Nilsson of Sweden. Perry was unsuccessful in that bid after dropping out following a miss on his fourth target. Still, the result was im-

pressive far beyond earning his fi rst World Cup medal in

“Taz” Gloria, (Tucson, Ariz.) he’d end up one target short of the same opportunity af- ter fi nishing with a 121 in only his second World Cup event. Taz would fi nish his event the same way it be- gan with a crowd-pleasing 25 straight to cap off a busy week. Medal or no medal, Taz, with every interview, handshake and conversa- tion that came about this event used the opportunity to tell his story, delight his followers and become a lo- cal shooting sports ambas- sador for the city of Tucson.

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