Craft Wins Silver in Azerbaijan


Morgan Craft fought her way through three shootoffs to score her best international result and a silver medal today in Women’s Skeet at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan.

Following Qualification, Craft (Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania) had to earn the sixth and last spot in the Final through a shootoff against Francissca Crovetto Chadid of Chile, who she would go on to beat 2-1. Once in the Semifinal, Craft was once again forced into a shootoff situation to determine who would move on to the gold-medal match after she and Aleksandra Jarmolinska of Poland finished the round tied with 14/16 targets. Craft would once again win the shootoff, 13-11.

In the gold-medal match, the 16 regulation targets were not enough to decide the winner as Craft and Katiuscia Spada of Italy would tie at 15 targets each. Spada would eventually take the gold medal as she bested Craft in the shootoff, 4 – 3. Amber Hill of Great Britain would win the bronze medal.

Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana) qualified for the Final in second place with 73/75 targets. Once in the Semifinal, she would hit 12/16 targets to finish in sixth place. Kim Rhode (El Monte, California) finished in 12th place with 70/75 targets.

Day One of the Men’s Skeet competition also kicked off with the first two rounds of 25 targets each. Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) currently leads the U.S. shooters after Day One with 49/50 targets. Pan American Games gold medalist T.J. Bayer (College Station, Texas) currently has 48 targets and Pan Am Games silver medalist Dustin Perry (Lovelady, Texas) has 47. Men’s Skeet competition continues tomorrow with three more rounds of 25 targets each and Finals at 7:45 a.m. ET. Watch all of the Finals from the ISSF World Cup here.

More than 1,100 athletes from 90 countries are competing in this World Cup for medals and Olympic quotas. The U.S. has already earned the maximum amount of quotas (two each) for Women’s and Men’s Skeet.  U.S. athletes are also looking to earn points toward Olympic Team nomination. For more information on points and current point leaders in each event, click here.

For a complete schedule of events at this World Cup, click here. Follow along with the ISSF Live Ticker here

*Photo courtesy of ISSF

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