Soldiers Competing in Serbia at Shotgun World Cup
October 19, 2007
BELGRADE, Serbia (Army News Service, Oct. 19, 2007) - Fifty-six athletes representing 21 countries are taking part this week in the 2007 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup Final in Shotgun in Kovilovo, Serbia.
Only the best athletes are invited to take part in the closing event of the 2007 ISSF World Cup Series; the title defenders of each event face off against the eight best shooters in a single discipline from this year's World Cups along with the medalists from the 2007 ISSF Shotgun World Championships.
Three of America's strongest Double Trap shooters, all members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit of Fort Benning, Ga., will compete Saturday for the Gold Medal.
Spc. Joshua M. Richmond of the USAMU won the Gold at World Cup Italy and with that win secured an Olympic quota spot for the USAMU.
Staff Sgt. William H. Keever, a 2000 Olympian, has had strong showings in the 2007 World Cup season, including a Bronze Medal at World Cup Changwon.
Rounding out the squad is two-time Olympian Pfc. Walton Glenn Eller of the USAMU who won the Gold Medal alongside teammate Keever at World Cup Changwon.
Earlier this week, the Women's Skeet Competition was conducted Oct. 17 with Haley Dunn of Eddyville, Iowa, taking the top American finish in fifth place with a score of 95 targets.
Three-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode of El Monte, Calif., finished the day in 11th place with a score of 64 targets. Winning the Women's Skeet World Cup Final was Erdzhanik Avetisyan of Russia with an almost perfect score of 98 targets.
Finishing close behind her were Chiara Cainero of Italy and Russian teammate Svetlana Demina who scored 97 and 96 targets respectively.
The Men's Trap competition saw three-time Olympian and 1996 Bronze Medalist Lance Bade of Vancouver, Wash., as the highest American finisher in sixth place with a score of 133 targets. Italian teammates Erminio Frasca and Massimiliano Malo had a shoot off for the top spot.
Both finished the final with 140 shots, but Frasca was able to out shoot Malo in the shoot off for the Gold. Malo received the Silver and Russia's Alexey Alipov earned the Bronze with a score of 139 targets.
For complete Shotgun World Cup Final results, visit the following link on ISSF TV's website: <a href=
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(Mary Beth Vorwerk writes for USA Shooting.)