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Al Ain World Cup


By Kevin Neuendorf Director of Media & Public Relations


Strong Shotgun Performances in Al Ain, Despite No Medals


With a precedent set so


high after six medals – in- cluding four gold medals - at the ISSF World Cup for Shotgun in Acapulco, the USA Shooting Shotgun Team still put up solid performanc- es against the world’s best at the next World Cup in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Despite winning no medals on this trip, the team of 15


earned gold and fourth in Acapulco, Mexico and Al Ain in his quest for a third Olym- pic title. Dustin Perry (Love- lady, Texas) just missed a shot at the medals falling in a fi ve-person shoot-off when he could not complete the fi fth pair. Frank Thompson (Alliance, Nebraska) missed one target on each of the fi ve rounds to earn a 120


off that would have put her in the medal hunt as well. Rhode fi nished in seventh place. Morgan Craft was just one off the pace with a 69 and in eighth place. U.S. Army Marksman-


ship Unit’s Derek Haldeman (Sunbury, Ohio) put in anoth- er great performance and advanced to the Double Trap Final and fi nished in fourth


Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda,


California), who won in Aca- pulco, fi nished with 136 tar- gets hit and in 16th place. Four-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas) connected with 133 clays to fi nish 24th. Kayle Browning missed


making it into the Women’s Trap Final by one target with a 70/75 qualifying score to fi nish eighth overall. Corey


Derek Haldeman fi nished in fourth-place in Men’s Double Trap in Al Ain.


Photo by: ISSF


Cogdell-Unrein shot a 68 and fi nished 23rd while Kim- berley Bowers scored 66 to fi nish 41st. In Men’s Trap, Brian Bur-


shooters notched eight top- 11s, including seven top-8s, had three fi nalists and three others lose in a shoot-off for a medal opportunity. Two-time Olympic med-


alist Vincent Hancock (Ea- tonton, Georgia) was in the Men’s Skeet medal hunt shooting for bronze, but fell 15-14 in the bronze-medal shoot-off after failing to con- nect on the last target. He shot a 123/125 in Quali- fi cation. Hancock has now


and a 21st-place fi nish. On the Women’s Skeet


side, all three ladies put forth a great effort with the USA putting three into the top-8. Caitlin Connor (Win- nfi eld, Louisiana) earned another trip into the top-6 with the day’s top qualifying score of 72/75 to eventually fi nish fi fth. Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) shot a 70 in the fi nal day of Qualifi ca- tion, but missed on the sec- ond pair during the shoot-


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place. He qualifi ed with a 142/150 and then connect- ed on his fi rst pair in a shoot- off to advance. A 26/30 in the semis positioned him in the bronze-medal fi nal where he faced Italy’s Da- vide Gasparini. Gasparini would edge Haldeman 27 to 23 to earn the bronze med- al. Haldeman was a bronze medalist in Acapulco at the season-opening World Cup.


rows (Fallbrook, California) fi nished in 11th place after being eliminated fi rst in a six-way shootout to deter- mine who would move on the Finals. Jake Wallace (Castaic, California) fi nished in 59th and Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Michigan) fi n- ished in 77th.


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