Soldier Takes Gold in Shotgun World Cup
October 23, 2007
BELGRADE, Serbia (Army News Service, Oct. 23, 2007) - Two-time Olympian Pfc. Walton Glenn Eller of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit proved himself once again to be one of the best Double Trap shooters in the world Oct. 20 by winning the Gold Medal in the 2007 International Shooting Sport Federation Shotgun World Cup Final.
Pfc. Eller finished the match easily in first place, winning by a four-point advantage. The 2003 World Champion finished the competition with a score of 192 targets.
China's Hu Binyuan finished in second place taking the Silver Medal with a score of 188, leaving the current number-two-ranked Double Trap shooter in the World, HAfAYENkan Dahlby of Sweden, one target behind him with a score of 187 targets giving him the Bronze Medal.
Pfc. Eller's teammate from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and 2000 Olympian Staff Sgt. William H. Keever started the match with the lowest qualification score in sixth place, but managed to climb up the scoreboard and finished in fourth with a total score of 184 targets.
USAMU's Spc. Joshua M. Richmond finished in ninth place with 137 targets.
Pfc. Eller qualified for the World Cup Final by winning this year's World Cup in Changwon and taking the Bronze Medal in Maribor. Richmond won the Gold Medal at World Cup Italy and Keever took the Bronze in Changwon.
Fifty-six athletes representing 21 countries took part 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.
(Mary Beth Vorwerk writes for USA Shooting)