18 shotgun athletes earn berths on world championship team
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – As the spring selection match came to a close last Sunday in Kerville, Texas, 18 skeet and double trap athletes earned their spots to compete at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championships in Granada, Spain, Sept. 6 -20.
Josh Richmond, of Hillsgrove, and Ian Rupert, of Muncy, were among them.
The Hill Country Shooting Sports Center in Kerrville hosted the cold and windy second stage in a two-part qualifier that began last fall at the fall selection match. Selection was on the line not only for the world championships, but the Championship of Americas (CAT), as well as select teams for the remaining ISSF World Cups in Almaty, Kazakhstan (May 1625), Munich, Germany (June 4-14) and Beijing, China (July 1-10).
Trap teams were named earlier in the week.
In men’s double trap, the three Open Division World Championship positions all went to U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit teammates Richmond; Glenn Eller, of Houston, Texas; and Jeff Holguin, of Yorba Linda, Calif. The trio earned the top-three positions over the two-day, 300-target course of fire and were leading in the selection points from the fall selection match in Tucson, Ariz., late last year.
All three also qualified for the finals each day to earn additional selection points. Reigning World Champion Eller won the final on March 22.
World Junior Champion Rupert, along with Dale Royer, of Jackson, Mont., and Christian Wilkoski, of Centerburg, Ohio, will represent the U.S. in double trap in the Junior Division at the World Championship. Rupert and Wilkoski were teammates on the Junior Double Trap team that took the team gold medal at the World Clay Target Championships in Lima, Peru, last year.
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