CHANGWON, South Korea (September 2, 2018)
Competition at the 52nd International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Changwon, South Korea officially got underway today with medals awarded in Junior Men’s Free Pistol, Mixed Air Rifle and Mixed Air Pistol Team events, as well as the start of the Men’s and Junior Women’s Trap events.
Though the U.S. ends the first day with no medals, there is a lot to be excited about in tomorrow’s action. The competition kicked off with the Mixed Air Rifle Team competition. The top finishing team for the United States was comprised of Mindy Miles (pictured right) and 2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky, who finished in 18th place with a combined score of 832.5. Miles (Weatherford, Texas) shot a world-class score of 420.6 in the 40-shot course of fire. The team of Sarah Beard (Danville, Indiana) and Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) finished in 45th place with a combined score of 825.2. The individual Men’s and Women’s Air Rifle competitions will be contested tomorrow with Finals later in the day.
The other standout performance of the day goes to 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller (pictured right, below), who leads after Day One of Two in the Men’s Trap competition. In changing weather conditions throughout the day – including a light fog and rain that rolled in during the afternoon – Eller (Katy, Texas/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) shot a perfect 75/75 targets. Grayson Davey (17, Anchorage, Alaska) sits in 15th place with 72 targets and Jake Wallace (Castaic, California) sits in 81st place with 68 targets.
Lots of promise is showing in the Junior Women’s Trap ranks as