CHANGWON, South Korea (September 3, 2018)
The United States picked up its first two medals on the second day of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Changwon, South Korea.
Both medals came in the Trap Team events – silver in Men’s Trap Team and bronze in Junior Women’s Trap Team. Team medals are based on the combined scores of the three athletes from a given country competing in a specific event.
2008 Olympic gold medalist and former Double Trap specialist Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) was the top finisher in Men’s Trap Qualification with a score of 123/125 targets. Eller made his international debut in Trap this year on the ISSF World Cup circuit once his signature event was eliminated. Eller’s highest finish prior to today in Men’s Trap was 15th place at the World Cup in Malta.
Eller, however, was the first athlete eliminated in the Final, hitting 17/25 targets to finish in sixth place. Eller’s finish marks only the second time a Men’s Trap athlete has qualified for a World Championship Final since 2006. His USAMU teammate, Derek Haldeman, finished in fifth place at last year’s Shotgun World Championship in Moscow, Russia.
The last time the United States won a Men’s Trap team medal was in 2006 when Lance Bade, Brett Erickson and Matthew Wallace won team bronze in 2006. Erickson also won an individual bronze medal in Men’s Trap that year too.
Finishing in 18th place in his World Championship debut was 17-year-old Grayson Davey (Anchorage, Alaska), who hit 120 targets. Jake Wallace (Castaic, California) finished in 40th place with a score of 117. Jake Wallace will compete again at this World Championship on