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ISSF World Championship


World Shooting Championship Concludes with USA Shooting Team Earning 17 medals


Two Olympic Quotas, Four World Champions and One Team Champion More than 2,000 athletes


Every four years the world


gathers for a showcase of marksmanship unlike any other in the vast makeup of the shooting sports world. It is an environment in which there is no forgive-


celebrated four World Cham- pions and a team champion. To have not won more


means only one thing. The rest of the world, despite our sometimes isolated idealism that only Ameri-


from 94 countries competed in 15 Olympic and 39 non- Olympic events over the past 12 days with 64 Olympic quota places being distrib- uted to the best fi nalists dur-


USA Shooting Team. World Champions Josh Richmond (USAMU/Hillsgrove, Penn- sylvania) and Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) secured the two Olympic quotas for the U.S. at this event. In Shotgun, National Team coach Todd Graves’


Junior Women’s Skeet team gold medalists (left to right) Sydney Carson, Hannah Houston and individual gold medalist Dania Vizzi pose for a selfi e following the awards ceremony at the ISSF World Championship.


Photo by: Marco Dalla Dea/ISSF


ness for poor performance and where nothing but big results guarantees you a chance to stand among the best. As the 51st International


Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship came to a close in Granada, Spain, refl ection of success shined as brightly as the medals in the fading Span- ish sun for the USA Shooting Team who gathered 17 med- als, two Olympic quotas and


cans own guns, have got this marksmanship thing fi gured out too. And when numerous medals are at stake—as many as 45 in any one Olympic Games—you can be assured that other countries, particularly those that fi nished ahead of us in the medal count like China, Russia, Germany, Italy and France, put tremendous amount of resources and development into stockpil- ing talent.


64 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2014


ing the event, opening the qualifi cation path leading to Rio 2016. Twenty-four of the 81 U.S.


athletes that participated in this World Championships did stand among the best as medal winners. Nine came by way of the individual va- riety and another 15 got a medal as part of a team event. Another fi ve athletes nearly got a medal as part of numerous top-10 per- formances put forth by the


biggest fear was that it would be hard to duplicate results here that his team had achieved throughout a season highlighted by super- latives and superiority. Eight medals over a two day span pretty much put that notion to rest as the USA Shoot- ing Shotgun Team fl exed its muscle over the course of the World Championships. In the end, 11 medals in all were won with three World Champions including Rich- mond, Drozd and Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida), a Junior World Champs sil- ver medalist in Ian Rupert


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