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World Cup Nicosia


USA Shooting Athletes Bring Home Gold, Silver and Bronze from Cyprus


U.S. shooters brought


home one medal of each color – gold, silver and bronze – at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup season opener in Nicosia, Cyprus March 17 – 25. Jeffrey Holguin kicked off


the World Cup by claiming the silver medal in Men’s Double Trap. Holguin (Yor- ba Linda, California/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) fought his way into the Final through a four-way shoot- RII IROORZLQJ WKH VHPLÀ QDO round as Holguin, along with Andreas Loew of Germany, Australia’s James Willett and eventual gold medalist Alessandro Chianese of Italy were all tied at 28/30 tar- gets each. Chianese would eventu-


ally best Holguin in the gold -medal match, 28 targets to Holguin’s 27. Willet would win the bronze medal in the event.


USAMU teammate Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Penn- sylvania) would miss a pos- sible Finals berth by one tar- JHW À QLVKLQJ LQ QLQWK SODFH with 135 targets. Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas/USAMU) À QLVKHG LQ


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134 targets. Women’s Skeet World


Champion Morgan Craft would follow up with a gold medal won in a perfect gold- medal match just days later. Craft was joined on the podi- um by her 16-year-old team- mate Katie Jacob (Roches- ter, Michigan) who claimed the bronze in her World Cup debut.


Jacob’s mettle would be


tested throughout the day as she survived a six-way shootoff to earn one of the last two spots in the Semi- À QDO 2QFH LQ WKH 6HPLÀ QDO match, she would tie Craft (Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania) and eventual silver medalist Andri Eleftheriou of Cyprus IRU À UVW SODFH ZLWK


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Jeff Holguin won silver in Men’s Double Trap. Photo by ISSF.


gets. After losing the decid- ing shootoff, Jacob moved on


to match the where


bronze-medal she would


once again face 2012 Olym- pic bronze medalist Danka Bartekova of Slovakia.


Ja-


cob would eventually best Bartekova, 14/16 targets to Bartekova’s 12.


Jacob’s


EURQ]H PHGDO LV WKH À UVW LQ ternational medal of her ca- reer.


In the gold-medal match,


top-ranked Craft would shoot a perfect 16/16 tar- gets to edge out Eleftheriou by a target for the gold. This ZLQ PDUNV WKH À UVW :RUOG Cup gold medal of Craft’s career. Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) would also qualify


Morgan Craft and Katie Jacob share the podium with Andri Eleftherious of Cyprus in Women’s Skeet. Photo by ISSF.


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“Today it was great, over-


all. Considering that this LV WKH À UVW ZRUOG FXS RI WKH year, I couldn’t be happier,” Craft said. “Going into the À QDO ZLWK WZR WHDPPDWHV of mine was awesome. We ZHUH


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ally. Our secret? Our great coaches, the program we have grown up through, and the fact that we have so much talent in USA: we push each other and make each other better.” 373 athletes from 61


countries competed at this À UVW ,66) :RUOG &XS RI WKH season.


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