Richmond, Rupert among shooters who competed in Kazakhstan

The first international trip of a busy shooting season just wrapped up with 15 USA Shooting Team athletes who earned the right to compete in Almaty, Kazakhstan, for the country’s first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup event, which was held from last Sunday to Saturday.

The World Shooting Championships in Granada, Spain, will take place in less than four months and athletes are busy establishing the routine they hope carries them to a World Championship medal and a potential Olympic quota spot.

With that in mind, 15 members of the U.S. Shotgun Team headed to Granada made the long trip overseas to hopefully continue what the team established during the season’s first World Cup event in Tucson, Ariz., in early April, when it won four medals, tops among all participating countries.

Among them is Tucson World Cup medalists Josh Richmond, of Hillsgrove. An Olympian, Richmond won silver last month.

Reigning Double Trap Junior World Champion Ian Rupert, of Muncy, also joined the lineup.

The event, which featured 311 athletes competing from 46 nations, was held at the Asanov Shooting Club near Almaty, named after the Soviet Union’s successful trap shooter Alexandr Asanov, a three-time World Championships medalist and two-time Olympian.

Results from the event were not available in time for publication in this edition.