By Paula Randall and Mary Beth VorwerkMay 12, 2008
KERRVILLE, Texas (Army News Service, May 12, 2008) - The Women's Trap final was held at the 2008 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup USA for Shotgun May 9 with U.S. shooters from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit of Fort Benning, Ga., claiming the gold and bronze medals.
Sgt. 1st Class Theresa E. DeWitt won the gold medal for Shotgun and Sgt. 1st Class Joetta Dement received the bronze. Russia's Irina Laricheva took home the Silver.
DeWitt, a 1996 Olympian, and silver medalist from the 2006 World Cup USA in Kerrville, finished in first place with a total score of 94 targets to claim the gold medal.
Laricheva, a 2004 Olympian, and Dement were tied at the conclusion of the finals at 91 targets to force a shoot-off. Laricheva hit her first target in the shoot-off, while Dement missed her first target, earning Laricheva the silver while Dement took the bronze.
Australia's Stacy Roiall finished in fourth place with 90 targets, while Russia's Elena Tkach took fifth place with 89 targets. Corey Cogdell, a 2008 U.S. Olympic team member, finished in sixth place with 88 targets.
Spc. Jeffery G. Holguin of the USAMU Shotgun Team captured the bronze medal May 7 at the World Cup USA for Shotgun. Hakan Dahlby from Sweden claimed the gold and Great Britain's Richard Faulds took the silver.
Holguin, the 2007 Pan-American Games silver medalist and 2008 Olympian, and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games gold medalist Faulds finished the finals tied at 189 targets to force a shoot-off for the silver. In the shoot-off, Faulds shot 14 targets to Holguin's 13 to take the silver while Holguin claimed the bronze.
About 180 shotgun shooters from 37 different nations participated in the 2008 ISSF World Cup USA at the Hill Country Shooting Sports Center in Kerrville, Texas. Twenty-three athletes from the U.S. are competing for a World Cup title, as well as 35 additional U.S. athletes participating out of competition.
The USAMU will host the final 2008 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team Trials May 12 through 22. There are nine slots still open on the 24-person U.S. Olympic Shooting Team.
(Paula Randall is the Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)