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ISSF World Cup USA: Shotgun

USA Shooting Team Collects Most Awards In Tucson

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 fi rst, a triumphant return of Kim Rhode (El Monte, Cali- fornia), and more Double Trap dominance. 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 raw and uplifting. Such was the case on the fi nal day of competition with Dustin Perry (Lovelady, Texas) earn- ing his fi rst career World Cup medal. Just three other Ameri-

cans had earned a podium fi nish in World Cup action since 2005. Two-time Olym- pic gold medalist Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Geor- gia) 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. Competing in his 18th

year of World Cup compe- tition, Jeff Holguin (US- AMU/Yorba Linda, Calif.)

had earned fi ve World Cup medals, but until this World Cup he’d never found his way to the top. That streak, which included 54 interna- tional competitions includ- ing World Champs, World Cups and the 2008 Olym- pic Games, came to an end against a brilliant start-to- fi nish performance that cul- minated with a duel from a common foe in U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit team- mate Josh Richmond (Hills- grove, Pennsylvania). Holguin fi nished with

a 140 to put him into the event fi nals, while Richmond would have to win a shoot- off against Britain’s Steven Scott just to be among the top six. Both Army shooters would go 27/30 in the semi- fi nals to set up the All-Ameri- can grudge match. The gold- medal fi nal would end just like any great duel should, with a shoot-off to determine each American’s medal fate. This time though, Holguin would be the one atop the podium after watching his USAMU teammates do so many times before. Rich- mond meanwhile picked up the ninth World Cup medal of his career. The performance of Per-

ry, Holguin and Richmond so captivated the World Cup it did the unthinkable in push- ing Rhode’s competitive comeback to the sixth para-

26 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2014

Athlete, Finish Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, Calif.) 21st

Seth Inman (Independence, Mo.) 30th Ryan Hadden (Sunbury, Ohio) 39th Ashley Carroll (Solvang, Calif.) 10th

Rachael Heiden (Clinton, Mich.) 17th Susan Sledge (El Cajon, Calif.) 29th Dustin Perry (Lovelady, Texas) Bronze Luis “Taz” Gloria (Tucson, Ariz.) 10th

Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) 44th Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) Bronze

Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) 4th Haley Dunn (Eddyville, Iowa) 11th Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) Gold

Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pa.) Silver Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas) 9th

graph of this recap, even af- ter she’d manage a bronze medal in her return while tying eventual gold medalist Danka Bartekova of Slova- kia for the highest qualifying score.

Rhode hadn’t competed

in an international match since winning Olympic gold medal and fi fth-straight Olympic prize and then giv- ing birth to son, Carter, in May 2013. If she was rusty, it wouldn’t show after shoot- ing a 25-straight to begin her day followed by a pair of 24s to qualify for the fi nals with a 73/75.


Men’s Trap

Women’s Trap

Men’s Skeet

Women’s Skeet

Men’s Double Trap

She would drop just one

target in the 16-shot semifi - nals and would compete in a shoot-off with Bartekova to advance to the gold-medal round. Bartekova would edge Rhode four shots to three and force Rhode to the bronze-medal match where she’d face fellow teammate Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Tex- as). Those two would battle over another 16 shots that again ended in a tie. Rhode would best Drozd in yet an- other shoot-off, 4-3.

Dustin Perry won the fi rst World Cup medal of his career, taking bronze in Men’s Skeet in Tucson.

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