CHANGWON, South Korea (September 6, 2018)
Logan Lucas won the first individual medal for the United States today at the Intenrational Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship when he won silver in the Junior Men’s Trap event at the Changwon International Shooting Range.
Lucas (Pacific, Missouri), who has only been shooting International Trap for the past year-and-a-half, made his international Finals debut at this World Championship, qualifying for the Final by tying for the highest score (120/125 targets), then winning a shootoff 9-8 to enter the Final with the best bib number.
That bib number would come into play when the field came down to the final three athletes – Lucas, Steven Argio of Australia and Lorenzo Ferrari of Italy. After 40 targets, Lucas and Ferrari were tied at 31 hits. Lucas had the better bib number (which is used for tie-breaking purposes in a Final) so Ferrari was eliminated and took the bronze medal.
Entering the final five targets, it looked as if Argio had all but sealed up the win. Argio would drop one target, then later two in a row. The Final was decided on the Final shot when Argio would win the gold with his final hit that gavehim 42 targets to Lucas’ 41.
“I knew entering the Final I just needed to be calm,” Lucas said. “I’m not a very calm person. I try to take stress the best I can – that’s something I’m going to be working on with [National Coach Jay Waldron] – but knew I had to keep going strong, breathe between every target and just take my time. Even at the end, I knew I just had to keep going strong – don’t let up. There was still that possibility that