ISSF World Clay Target Championship: Men's Trap

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 6, 2011)

At the 2011 International Shooting Sport Federation World Clay Target Championships, Massimo Fabrizi of Italy fired a perfect 125 out of 125 match targets to lead the charge into the final.  Fabrizi didn’t let up as he only dropped one target throughout the final for 149 total targets, an equaled world record and the gold medal.  David Kostelecky of the Czech  Republic shot 122 match targets to tie six other shooters for an opportunity in the final.  With his focus on the finals, he and Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo scored five shoot-off targets for spots in the final.  Kostelecky aggressively approached the final and stayed straight for 24 targets—he missed his final target.  He finished with 146 targets for the silver medal.  The bronze medalist was Stephane Clamens of France with 122 match targets and 23 targets in the final for 145 total targets.  Clamens, also a successful shoot-off contender, had to work a little harder for his spot in the final.  Clamens and Sergio Pinero of the Dominican Republic, both shot four targets in the shoot-off.  Advancing to the second shoot-off, Clamens bested Pinero six to five targets.  In addition to the bronze medal, Clamens was awarded an Olympic participation quota for London 2012 (the top two federations already have quotas).  Pellielo finished in fourth place with 144 total targets and Poland’s Jaromir Wojtasiewicz finished in fifth with 144 targets also.  The sixth place finisher was Rodolfo Vigano of Italy with 141 total targets.

Staff Sergeant Ryan Hadden (Pendleton, Ore.) was the highest placing American with 121 targets.  He finished in thirteenth place—just one target shy of the shoot-off for the final.  Teammates Lance Bade (Vancouver, Wash.) and Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.) both shot 118 targets to finish in the top third of the field.  In Junior Men’s Trap, Dustin Anderson (Woodstock, Ga.) shot 119 targets to finish in eighth place.  Teammate Garrett Walters (Burr Oak, Mich.) shot 114 targets for twenty-ninth place and TJ Bayer (College Station, Texas) shot 112 targets for thirty-sixth place.

With over 600 competitors (both junior and open shooters) from 76 federations, the competition is decidedly fierce.  America will be watching on Thursday as the Women’s Trap final takes stage.  Rachael Heiden (Clinton, Mich.), the top ranked Women’s Trap shooter in the world, is looking to add to her recent ISSF World Cup medals.  Teammates Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) and Caitlin Weinheimer (Kerrville, Texas) will also represent the USA.  For complete results and rankings from the Men’s Trap final, please navigate to the ISSF Website.  Follow the USA Shooting Team on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with America’s shooting team.


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