ISSF World Cup Beijing Preview

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 20, 2011)

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup opened today in Beijing, China, on the historic 2008 Olympic shooting range. With over 350 shotgun shooters from 54 countries, the competition heats up at the third ISSF Shotgun World Cup as athletes will be shooting for 10 Olympic quotas. The event takes place from April 19-28 with competition in five shotgun events. Many of the world’s top shooters have already secured Olympic quota place for their federations, which leaves the door open for the three additional shotgun quotas the USA needs—one for Men’s Double Trap and two in Men’s Trap.

The USA Shooting Team is sending a team of 16 shotgun athletes to Beijing. The event begins with a final in Women’s Skeet on April 21 highlighting the shotgun prowess of Americans Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, La.), Jaiden Grinnell (Port Angeles, Wash.) and Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.). All three women have won ISSF World Cup medals this year and are looking to add to their total and secure the opportunity to shoot in the ISSF World Cup Final in the fall. Men’s Skeet will take to the field on April 22. USA Shooting Team members B.J. Blanchard (Vidor, Texas), Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.) and Mark Weeks (Phenix City, Ala.) are shooting for U.S. Olympic Team selection points and the podium.

Competition continues on April 24 with the much-anticipated Men’s Double Trap final. Sergeant Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas) will be competing for the red, white and blue on the range where he won his 2008 Olympic gold medal. Joining Eller will be Billy Crawford (Johnstown, Ohio) and Brian Maher (San Antonio, Texas), who qualified for the World Cup at the Spring Selection match. With one Men’s Double Trap quota thus far, a second would secure an additional U.S. team member.

Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) will also be shooting at the range where she won her 2008 Olympic bronze medal in Women’s Trap. Cogdell and teammates Rachael Heiden (Clinton, Mich.) and Janessa Beaman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) are also looking to gain Olympic selection points. The ISSF World Cup finishes with the Men’s Trap final. The USA Shooting Team has entered four athletes to increase our chances of winning a quota. Lance Bade (Vancouver, Wash.), Zachary Bollman (Defiance, Mo.), Staff Sergeant Ryan Hadden (Pendleton, Ore.) and Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.) will be fighting for the podium and the opportunity to secure an Olympic quota.

For complete start lists, please visit the ISSF Website.

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