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ISSF World Cup Beijing: Men's Skeet

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 22, 2011)

Antonakis Andreou of Cyprus won the gold medal and conquered a career milestone in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Beijing. Andreou, a competitive shooter since 1990, won his first ISSF World Cup medal ever in the presence of his 15-year-old daughter Panaiyota, who was also competing for Cyprus in her first ISSF World Cup. Andreou ran the qualification rounds for 125 targets (an equaled world record) and finished with 22 targets in the final for 147 total targets and the gold medal. Andreou was the only shooter in the final who didn’t qualify via shoot-off. Six shooters shot 123 qualification targets—five remained after only two targets in the shoot-off. The silver medalist was Nikolaos Mavrommatis of Greece with 123 qualification targets and 23 targets in the final. Third place was a three-way tie between Jesper Hansen of Denmark, Tore Brovold of Norway and Georgios Achilleos of Cyrpus, all with 145 total targets. In the shoot-off, Hansen outlasted Brovold and Achilleos for the bronze medal victory after four targets to win his first ISSF World Cup medal.

The USA Shooting Team’s Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb., pictured) was the highest placing American with 119 targets. Teammates BJ Blanchard (Vidor, Texas) and Mark Weeks (Phenix City, Ala.) both scored 117 targets in qualification. Competition resumes April 24 with the Men’s Double Trap final where the Americans will be shooting for their second quota and top honors. For complete scores, please visit the ISSF Website.

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