USA Shooting Team Still In Pursuit of Podium at 2014 Tucson World Cup
TUCSON, Ariz. (April 10, 2014
The American men were shut out of a finals position on day two of the 2014 International Shooting Sport World Cup being held at the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club, south of Tucson, Ariz.
Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, Calif.) was the top American finisher with a 114/125, good enough for 21st position. Seth Inman (USAMU/Independence, Mo.) scored a 113 while 2012 Tucson World Cup winner Ryan Hadden (USAMU/Pendleton, Ore.) couldn’t duplicate that success this time around and struggled Friday with two rounds of 21 and a 23 and finished in 31st place.
The 2006 World Champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu won the Men’s Trap event after a rare falter from two-time Olympic Champion Michael Diamond of Australia in the gold medal match. Diamond missed five shots total out of the 84 targets he had seen, until he dropped six of his last 11 shots in the final including four misses in a row. The 37-year- old Indian shooter would go on to score a 13-8 victory over Diamond in the final. The 2004 Olympic Champion Alexey Alipov, 38, from Russia, ended up in third place outdoing Great Britain's 26-year old Aaron Heading by12 to 10 hits in the Bronze medal match.
Shooting for a Minimum Qualifying Score, Jake Wallace (Castiac, Calif.) finished with a 114 while James Andrew Reed (Azle, Texas), competing in his first World Cup event, put together four great rounds after a rough start of 17. Over his next 100 targets, he missed just five total.
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On Sunday, the USA Shooting Team will roll out the most dominant female skeet shooter in the sport in Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) as well as the world’s best double trap trio of Glenn Eller (USAMU/Houston, Texas), Jeff Holguin (USAMU/Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Josh Richmond (USAMU/Hillsgrove, Pa.).
In the 2012 Tucson World Cup, Rhode led a trio of Americans into the finals that day in 2012, shooting a perfect world-record score of 75/75 during qualifying. Drozd would settle for bronze after a shoot-out with Italy’s Diana Bacosi. Richmond has also found success in Tucson previously as he moved from a sixth-place qualifying score to third overall after hitting 50 straight targets in the 2012 World Cup.
"I'm very excited to compete in a World Cup on home turf and at a world-class facility," Richmond said. "I have had success here in the past, so my goals are obviously set high coming back. I am also very proud of my teammates Jeff and Glenn and feel that we have great things to come in the future as a Double Trap team. We are all shooting very well coming into this event."
Rhode will be joined by 2012 World Cup Tucson bronze medalist Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) as well as Haley Dunn (Eddyville, Iowa). Shooting as a MQS competitor will be Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
"I am coming off a great performance at the Selection Match just a few weeks ago, so I'm feeling confident about my shooting," said Drozd. "I'm looking forward to competing against world-class athletes with our home-field advantage at the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club."
Joining Richmond in Double Trap is arguably the most potent Double Trap team in the World when you combine Eller and Holguin. Collectively, they have six Olympics under their belts and a plethora of World Championship and World Cup medals as well. Eller returned to form in 2013 earning both Selection Match titles to go along with a qualifying World Record, a World Championship title and a World Cup Finals silver medal.
“I'm very confident in my shooting right now,” Holguin said. “It was nice to be able to knock some off-season rust from my game a couple of weeks ago in Kerrville prior to this World Cup. I expect the competition to be tough because Tucson Trap & Skeet throws great targets against a good background. Scores should be high. Tucson Trap and Skeet is a great place to shoot because they have the facilities necessary to cater to a large group of competitors. I always look forward to shooting in Tucson and expect to put up a good score.”
Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) and Derek Haldeman (USAMU/Sunbury, Ohio) will also be on the line in Double Trap competing as the team’s MQS competitors.
Despite all that potential for success, they all may take a backseat to Tucson native Luis “Taz” Gloria who has helped spotlight his sport by his very presence having fulfilled a variety of media interviews in lead-up to the event. The opportunity to compete for Team USA at any international event is special. Gloria will no doubt be Tucson’s favorite athlete April 13-14 when he competes in Men’s Skeet. He beat out two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) and2012 Olympian Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) just have this moment. He seems to be ready to live up to the hype his presence has created.
Shooting alongside Taz in Men’s Skeet will be Thompson as well as Dustin Perry (Lovelady, Texas) with Hayden Stewart (USAMU/Columbus, Tenn.) competing as a MQS.
Women’s Skeet and Double Trap will be contested Sunday, while Men’s Skeet will shoot 50 targets Sunday with another 75 qualifying targets on Monday followed by the event finals that afternoon.
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