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would be forced to shootoff for entry into the gold-medal match. No stranger to long World Cup shoot-offs, Hol- guin would outlast Halde- man but not until executing 52 perfect shots. In a 2013 World Cup event, Holguin won a 56-target shoot-off to get into the bronze-medal match.

Haldeman was excellent

in claiming his fi rst World Cup medal. After falter- ing to Holguin in the shoot- off, he’d collect himself to miss just two targets in the bronze-medal match against two-time Olympic bronze medalist and 14-time World Cup medalist Fehaid Aldee- hani of Kuwait. Aldeehani was equal to the test and the two would have to settle it in another shoot-off that went through 12 targets be- fore an Aldeehani loss. The performance for Hal-

deman is magnifi ed given the diffi culty he has in just earning World Cup oppor- tunities given the depth of a U.S. Men’s Double Trap program that features three Olympians and ample suc- cess including multiple world titles and an Olympic gold medal. Four-time Olympian and

2008 Olympic gold medal- ist Glenn Eller (USAMU/

Houston, Texas) earned his way into the top-six fi nalists following a shoot-off with four other competitors after all shot a qualifying score of 139. Eller would not ad- vance to the medal rounds and would settle for a sixth- place fi nish after losing a disputed target and missing four others during the semi- fi nals. Getting the success start-

ed was Corey Cogdell-Unrein and Kayle Browning with a gold medal, a fourth-place fi nish and the most impor- tant reward of all, an Olym- pic quota in Women’s Trap. Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle

River, Alaska) returned to World Cup competition after a one-year hiatus and had to comeback from a pair of 23s in her fi rst two rounds to earn her fi fth career gold- medal. Browning (Wooster, Arkansas) was also making her return to international competition after a two-year absence. Browning had two chances to bring home a medal, but was unable to despite her strong perfor- mance, losing in a shoot-off, 10-9, to Cogdell-Unrein to advance to the gold-medal match and then falling 13- 11 to New Zealand’s Nata- lie Rooney for the bronze medal.

Jeff Holguin won gold and the second/fi nal quota for the U.S. in Men’s Double Trap at the World Cup. Photo by: ISSF

Athlete, Finish

Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska) 1st Kayle Browning (Wooster, Ark.) 4th

Kimberley Bowers (Lafayette, Calif.) 15th Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, Calif.) 6th

Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.) 12th Jake Wallace (Castaic, Calif.) 41st Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) 1st

Derek Haldeman (Sunbury, Ohio) 3rd Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas) 6th Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) 1st

Caitlin Connor (Winnfi eld, La.) 2nd Morgan Craft (Muncy Valley, Pa.) 6th Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) 1st

Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) 14th Dustin Perry (Lovelady, Texas) 23rd

Men’s Trap

Men’s Double Trap

Women’s Skeet Men’s Skeet Event Women’s Trap

Left: (left to right) Caitlin Connor, Kim Rhode and Meng Wei of China receive their Women’s Skeet medals. Above: Corey Cogdell -Unrein won gold and the fi rst Trap Olympic quota in Acapulco. Photo by: ISSF

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