The U.S. Men’s Double Trap team experienced a gold rush, and today, it took place in Lima, Peru. At the 2013 ISSF Shotgun World Championship on the grounds of the Captain FAP Josè Quinones Shooting Range, the loaded Men’s Double Trap team lived up to the billing and swept the four gold medals awarded today in competition. Despite the USA’s history of success in Double Trap, Friday marks an all-time best as this is the first-time ever that USA Shooting Teams have swept both team and individual events at a World Championships in this event. 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller (USAMU/Houston, Texas) took gold in the Open Division – his first international medal since a World Cup bronze medal in 2011. For Eller, it was his second career World title also won his most recent World Championship title back in 2003.

Eller qualified for the finals in second place with 137/150 targets behind his U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit teammate Derek Haldeman, (USAMU/Sunbury, Ohio) who shot 141 targets. In the semifinals, however, Eller’s experience would pay off as he led the semifinal round with 28/30 targets to face Vasily Mosin of Russia for the gold.

In the final, Eller connected on his final 12 targets and finished with 26/30 to Mosin’s 25 to win the gold. Mosin, after dropping two of his last three targets,received the silver medal while Binyuan Hu of China won the bronze.

Eller becomes the fourth American in the sport of Shotgun to win four or more World Championship medals, joining Deena Julin (5), Francis Strodtman and Bret Erikson. Julin never won a world title in her career while Strodtman earned two and Erikson one. Eller is the 22nd American all-time to win four or more World Champs medals in the sport of shooting.

Haldeman was eliminated in the semifinals and finished in sixth place.

Fellow USAMU shooter and Double Trap National Champion Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) finished in 19th place Eller, Haldeman and Holguin also captured gold in the team event – the sixth time for a U.S. team. China finished in second place and Italy in third place. Eller and/or Holguin have been a part of all six Men’s Double Trap team titles, including five as teammates.

Ian Rupert claimed his first Wold Championship medal in the Junior Men's Double Trap.
Ian Rupert claimed his first Wold Championship medal in the Junior Men’s Double Trap.

The Junior Men’s Double Trap team was equally as successful with Ian Rupert (Muncy, Pa.) claiming the first World Championship medal of his career and the fourth Junior Men’s World title for the U.S.

Rupert is proving he’s a force to reckon with on the international scene, when as the youngest competitor, he took bronze earlier this year at the World Cup in Acapulco. Rupert hit 133/150 targets to best Jacopo Trevisan of Italy by one target for the gold. Trevisan received the silver medal and Kirill Forkeev of Russia received the bronze.

Billy Crawford (Johnstown, Ohio) finished in fifth place and Christian Wilkoski (Centerburg, Ohio) finished 10th.

As a team, Rupert, Crawford and Wilkoski took home the team gold as well. Russia finished in second and Italy finished in third place.

U.S. Men’s Jr. Double Trap teams have earned a medal in every World Championship event since 1993, or 16 of the 17 World Championships to date including four gold, seven silver and five bronze.  Team USA has now earned six Junior World individual medals; including five Junior World Champions since 2001.

Top junior performances at the World Championships have been a staple of the U.S. Team. Since 2010, U.S. junior teams competing at World Championships have been supported with the generous donations of the Dallas Safari Club (DSC). The DSC has provided USA Shooting with grant support for international competitions, generally to support our junior teams to World Championships (with the exception of 2012 where the grant monies went to the pre-Olympic training camp). This year, DSC approved a grant of $30,000 to support USA Shooting’s Junior Shotgun Team in Peru.  The additional support has paid off with junior team athletes accounting for nine individual and nine team medals during that time along with 22 top-10 finishes.

Images courtesy USA Shooting

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