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World Cup Finals


More Shotgun Mettle for USA Shooting At World Cup Final


The season-ending international shooting event included 154 athletes participating from 39 countries. Only the best qualifi ed to be in Gabala as the 2013 World Cup Final title defenders and the World Championship medalists met the top-eight athletes of each event, selected through this year’s ISSF World Cup Series.


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program put the exclamation point on a year for the record books at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Finals Oc- tober 21-28 in Gabala, Azer-


eight athletes of each event, selected through this year’s ISSF World Cup Series. Sev- en other U.S. athletes were invited to participate given performances in 2014 but declined the opportunity.


Eller tied for the lead in


qualifying with a 146 but would settle for fi fth after losing in a shoot-off for ad- vancement to the bronze- medal match. The World Champion Richmond would


four overall. The win gave Holguin one of the two tro- phies he desires most and also added to the most im- pressive international com- petition season to date in his illustrious career. “It feels awesome,” Hol-


guin told the ISSF after hear- ing the National Anthem


Jeff Holguin stands atop the Men’s Double Trap podium with silver medalist Hao Wang and bronze medalist Binyuan Hu of China.


Photo by: Marco Dalla Dea/ISSF


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baijan. Eight athletes across all three shooting disciplines represented the team with all but one making their event fi nal. The season-ending in-


ternational shooting event included 154 athletes par- ticipating from 39 countries. Only the best qualifi ed to be in Gabala as the 2013 World Cup Final title defenders and the World Champion- ship medalists met the top-


Jeff Holguin (USAMU/


Yorba Linda, California) pro- vided the marquee moment with a great performance in Double Trap, earning the coveted crystal globe tro- phy. Holguin was joined in the event semifi nals by his Army Marksmanship Unit brethren in current World Champion Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania) and Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas).


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be edged out of the gold- medal match after losing a three-way shoot-off and then would fi nish fourth af- ter falling 26 to 28 targets to China’s Binyuan Hu. Hol- guin and China’s Hao Wang would square-off in the gold- medal fi nal. Holguin would drop one target on the fi rst pair he saw in the fi nal only to rebound without a blem- ish for the rest of the round while his opponent dropped


played. “This is one of the two trophies I’ve not been able to collect yet and now I can scratch it off the list. The other is the Olympic medal but hopefully we’ll be able to take care of that here shortly.” Holguin provided yet more


proof of U.S. domination in Double Trap. In 2014 alone, the team won fi ve World Cup medals, one more than any other country. The team can also boast of having the World Champ along with the Olympic quota that came along with it, the World Cup Finals Champ, the Junior World Champs silver med- alist along with team silver


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