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Thompson Wins Men's Skeet Silver at World Cup Acapulco

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (March 26, 2017)

Two-time Olympian Frank Thompson (left) picked up the first World Cup medal of his career when he won silver today in Men’s Skeet at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico.

Thompson (Alliance, Nebraska) qualified for the Final in the fifth position with 119 targets.

“Qualification wasn’t what I would have liked, but it got me into the Final,” Thompson said. “I just had to reset and pushed on.”

Once in the Final, Thompson flourished in the blustery conditions and new ISSF Finals format at the Club de Caza, tiro y Pesca de Acapulco.

“I was glad it was windy,” Thompson said. “It was a challenge – just like another day at home! The first 20 shots of the Final seem to drag on a tad, but after that first guy drops out, there are only 10 for each place, and it just gets a lot better and keeps building the excitement. I felt like after the first half, I just kept getting stronger as the pace got quicker.”

In the end, Thompson’s 53/60 targets couldn’t best eventual gold medalist Marco Sablone of Italy’s 55 targets.  Australia’s Paul Adams won the bronze medal – his second in a row in World Cup competition.

Thompson’s highest finish at a World Cup prior to today was fifth place in three different World Cups events between 2008 and 2014.

In just his first World Cup appearance, Will Thomas (West Des Moines, Iowa) finished in 15th place (116 targets) – just two targets out of a potential Finals berth.

The ISSF World Cup in Acapulco wrapped today with the U.S. coming away with four medals overall to lead the country medal count (two gold, two silver).

Read the Women’s Skeet recap in which Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) and Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana) won gold and silver: http://www.usashooting.org/news/2017/3/25/919-spring-breakin--usas-rhode-connor-and-jacob-dominate-womens-skeet-at-acapulco-world-cup.

Read the Women’s Trap recap in which Ashley Carroll (Solvang, California) won gold - It was also the first World Cup medal of her career: http://www.usashooting.org/news/2017/3/19/918-carroll-wins-gold-at-world-cup.

For complete results from today’s Men’s Skeet competition: http://www.issf-sports.org/competitions/results/detail.ashx?cshipid=1901&resultkey=3b3b303b534b3132353b313b463b493b313b303b30

For complete results from this World Cup: http://www.issf-sports.org/media/calendar/2017/1901/completeresult/WC%20SH%20MEX%202017%20Results%20Book.pdf

Next up on the ISSF circuit for U.S. Shotgun shooters is the World Cup in Larnaca, Cyprus April 28 – May 8.

*Photo courtesy of ISSF

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