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Holguin Claims Silver in Cyprus

COLORADO SPRINGS (March 19, 2016)

Jeffrey Holguin kicked off the first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup of the season in Nicosia, Cyprus by claiming the silver medal in Men’s Double Trap.

Holguin (Yorba Linda, California/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) fought his way into the Final through a four-way shootoff following the semifinal round as Holguin, along with Andreas Loew of Germany, Australia’s James Willett and eventual gold medalist Alessandro Chianese of Italy were all tied at 28/30 targets each.

Chianese would eventually best Holguin in the gold medal match 28 targets to Holguin’s 27. Willet would win the bronze medal in the event.

USAMU teammate Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania) would miss a possible Finals berth by one target, finishing in ninth place with 135 targets. Glenn Eller (Houston, Texas/USAMU) finished in 13th place with 134 targets. Already qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 2008 Olympic gold medalist Eller will also compete in Men’s Trap later in the week in an attempt to earn an Olympic Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) to perhaps earn the opportunity to shoot both in Rio. 

Men’s Skeet action also got underway with the first day of competition and Finals to be contested tomorrow. Reigning World Champion Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) is currently in fifth with 73/75 targets. Pan American Games gold medalist T.J. Bayer (College Station, Texas) is in 10th with 72 targets and Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) is in 20th place with 70 targets. Competitors will shoot an additional 50 targets tomorrow before the Finals, scheduled for 9:30 am ET.

373 athletes from 61 countries are competing at this first ISSF World Cup of the season. View the complete schedule and results for this World Cup here: http://www.issf-sports.org/competitions/venue/schedule.ashx?cshipid=1821

*Photo courtesy of ISSF

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