Davis Rifles Into World’s Elite with World Cup Finals Appearance

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 6, 2013)

For much of the last year one could see Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.) coming, and on a Saturday in Granada, Spain, the developing rifle shooter finally announced his arrival to the rest of the world.  An eighth-place finish against elite-level competition in the 10m Air Rifle event ultimately moves him from hopeful to contender in the landscape of men’s rifle. 

In May, Davis proved his World Cup readiness shooting a finals-worthy score as an extra (MQS) shooter in his first World Cup in Ft. Benning, Ga.  Saturday he backed that up as an eligible competitor shooting the second-best qualifying score. 

His 2013 is already full of noteworthy accomplishments as he heads into the sophomore year at the University of Kentucky.  He earned gold at the Bavarian Air Gun Championships in January, placed fourth at the NCAA Rifle Championships in March, won both the Junior Olympic and USA Shooting National Championships and won gold recently at the prestigious Meeting of the Shooting Hopes international junior competition.  

After finishing second in qualifying, Davis would struggle on the second and third shots of an eight-shot Finals string, shooting 9.1 and 9.7, to ultimately seal his fate and early elimination. 

We recently featured Davis in the latest USA Shooting News magazine so get to know more about him by flipping to page 60-61 here: 

Also shooting the Air Rifle event was Bryant Wallizer (Little Orleans, Md.), Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Daniel Lowe (Olympia, Wash.).  Wallizer finished 39th while Christenson, a recent silver medalist at World Cup USA back in May, struggled to a 65th-place finish.  Lowe, shooting as extra shooter for Team USA, scored 616.7. 

Peter Sidi of Hungary would claim the gold medal in Air Rifle, followed by China’s Tao Wang in second and Julian Justus of Germany finishing in third. 

Davis wasn’t the lone highlight on the day with Jake Wallace (Castiac, Calif.) securing a finals berth as well in Men’s Trap.  Wallace lost just two of his 125 targets in qualifying to earn his spot in the finals.  The zero-start finals format would get the best of Wallace on this day, however, as he missed four of 15 targets in the semifinals forcing his elimination with the other five competitors besting him the new format.   

In his first World Cup since 2010, John Mullins (Port Orchard, Wash.) finished one-target out in the finals hunt, shooting a 122.  The 2013 Spring Selection champion Matt Gossett (Springville, Ala.) was 41st after shooting a 119 while Austin Odom (Benton, Ark.) also shot a 119 as an extra shooter in the Men’s World Cup Trap event. 

The Men’s Trap gold medal was claimed by France’s Stephane Clemens, while Spain’s Alberto Fernandez and Russia’s Alexey Alipov finished with silver and bronze, respectively. 

Through two days of competition in the year’s final World Cup event in Spain, Team USA has scored four finalists through four events highlighted by Corey Cogdell’s (Eagle River, Alaska) trap break through with a qualification World Record and bronze medal Friday.  Ashley Carroll (Solvang, Calif.) would finish fifth in the same event. 

Team USA will look to continue that momentum Sunday as competition wraps up in Men’s 50m Free and Women’s Sport Pistol events along with Women’s Air Rifle.  Shotgun events will move on to Men’s Double Trap with qualification and finals set for Monday.   

In the precision stage of women’s sport pistol, Teresa Meyers-Chambers (Dearborn, Mich.) led all Americans with a score of 288 to put her in 16th position overall heading into Sunday’s Rapid Fire portion.  Brenda Silva (Snowflake, Ariz.) shot a 286 and is 30th while Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Ala.) shot a 285 and is 32nd. 

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