Richmond takes silver at Kazkhstan, falters in Munich World Cup event

Josh Richmond, of Hillsgrove, made it two World Cup medals in two chances on May 21 when he scored another silver medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Almaty, Kazkhstan.

Richmond began his year dueling teammate Jeff Holguin (USAMU/Yorba Linda, Calif.) in the gold-medal match in Tucson, Ariz., in the season’s first World Cup. He would settle for silver, with Holguin earning the first World Cup victory of his storied career.

On this day, however, glory would be all Richmond’s, with Holguin finishing well back in 17th place and Ian Rupert, of Muncy, finishing just out of medal contention with a ninth-place finish overall.

Rupert was in a great position to qualify heading into the final qualification round but faltered to a score of 26, leaving him one point out of the semifinals.

Richmond, a staff sergeant based with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) in Ft. Benning, Ga., was in need of a big final qualification round in order to qualify and came up with it by scoring a perfect 30 during the fifth round. He was one of the three competitors out of 42 entries to record a perfect final score, but only his meant the difference in advancing to the medal rounds. Only six perfect rounds were recorded over the five qualification rounds.

Richmond would shoot a 28 in the semifinal round, forcing a shoot-off with Roland Gerebics, of Hungary, and Vasily Mosin, of Russia. He’d go on to defeat those two in a shoot-off, hitting on 10 consecutive targets.

Italy’s Daniele Di Spigno would execute a perfect score in the gold-medal match, something which Richmond couldn’t match despite putting up a great challenge, ultimately dropping two targets.

With back-to-back medals in consecutive World Cups, Richmond’s game seems to be rounding into the form that led him to a 2012 World title and eight World Cup medals prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In trying to fix some things with his game, Richmond was inconsistent in 2013, starting with the inability to make the team that would compete at the 2013 World Clay Target Championships in Lima, Peru, while finishing 30th at a World Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus. He rebounded from those disappointments to earn a National Title, stealing it away from Holguin in the finals and then finished third at each of the past two Selection Match events, which ensured his ability to compete on the World Cup circuit and ultimately the 2014 World Shooting Championships.

Richmond’s medal is nothing new to the ultra-successful U.S. Men’s Double Trap Team. In 31 events since 2008 including Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup Finals and World Cups, an American has finished lower than sixth only six times.

Munich World Cup – June

The double trap contingent of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit features Glenn Eller, of Houston, Texas; Jeff Holguin, of Yorba Linda, California; Richmond and Derek Haldeman. In the Munich World Cup held earlier this month, Eller and Holguin walked away with the silver and bronze medal.

Ccompetitors were greeted with near perfect weather conditions, and the excellent setup of the range helped some of the best clay shooters of the world earn record scores.

However, Richmond, who had earned a silver medal in each of the two previous World Cups this season, just didn’t have enough on June 9, finishing with 13 misses. Competitors had to shoot 146/150 or higher to make the semifinals whereas in the two previous World Cups, the highest qualifying score was 142.

Other results were not available as of presstime.