Team USA closed the last world cup event of the year atop of the medals standings.
Today’s Trap Mixed Team event sealed the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Tucson, Arizona, USA, the last ISSF World Cup Stage of the season.
Thanks to the gold and bronze medals won by US shooters at today’s mixed event, the host country finished atop of the medals table with a tally of four medals, including 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.
Italy followed in second place with 1 gold, and 2 silver medals, while two countries – Finland and South Korea – tied in third with 1 gold medal each.
Both the records marked during the world cup stage were scored at the women’s Skeet Final. Gold medalist Kimberly Rhode (USA) equalled the qualification world record of 122 hits. Her opponent Che Yufei of the People’s Republic of China established a new qualification junior world record of 118 hits (athletes in the junior age-class can indeed score junior world record also while shooting among senior athletes).
Today’s was the last match of the last ISSF World Cup Stage of the year. In 2018, there will be no world cup final, as the ISSF Executive Committee unanimously decided last year to reorganize the World Cup Final calendar, holding the Final once every two years, to not conflict with the Olympic Games and the World Championship.
International shooters will now meet again at the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all shooting events, to be held in Changwon, South Korea, starting from the 31st of August 2018. The Championship will be the largest shooting competition of the year, with some 2.000 athletes expected to participate. There, the first quota places for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be assigned.