Corey Cogdell and Casey Wallace pocketed the gold on their home turf, in the last event of the last world cup stage of the year. They will team up also at the forthcoming ISSF World Championship, where the first Olympic quotas will be up for grabs.
USA claimed a Gold and a Bronze medal at today’s Trap Mixed Team final – the last match of the 2018 ISSF World Cup Shotgun in Tucson, Arizona, USA – finishing atop of the overall medal standing of the word cup stage with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze out of five events.
Team USA 2, featuring Rio 2016 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist Corey Cogdell and her teammate Casey Wallace, finished atop of the podium with a total tally of 43 hits.
Their teammates Kayle Browning and William Hinton (Team USA 1) took bronze with 32 hits, while it was Team France 2 that claimed today’s silver with 42 hits thanks to Sebastien Guerrero and Melanie Couzy (who another it to the bronze medal she won two days ago in the individual event).
Team France 1 (Carole Cormenier and Antonin Desert) did not make it to the podium, as they placed in 4th with 26 hits, ahead of Team Great Britain 1 (Augusta Rose Campos-Martyn and Mark Shaw) – 5th with 22 hits – and of Team Spain 2 (Francisca Munoz De Leon Moral and Antonio Bailon) – 6th with 16 hits after receiving a 1-hit deduction due to reporting late for the final.
Corey Cogdell said: “This is my first Trap Mixed Team medal, and it feels really great. To win it on our home range is amazing.”
Casey Wallace said: “It was great to have our teammates in the final. The more flags we can put atop of the flag poles, the better for us.”
“World Championship is next for us, and we will try to build on the momentum we got here, and see what we can do in South Korea.”
“We will be a team together once again there – added Cogdell – we won that opportunity in our last selection match, and we are really looking forward to it.”
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.