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World Championships
Hancock, Richmond Win Bronze Medals in Cyprus

Friday, September 14, 2007

Photo: USA Shooting
Vince Hancock was tied for the lead going into the men's skeet final. He ended up 3rd.

Vince Hancock and Josh Richmond, both soldiers of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., were the only American individual medalists at the recent 2007 World Clay Target Championships in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Hancock won a bronze medal in skeet and Richmond captured a bronze in double trap.

Thirty shooters represented the U.S. at the 8-day event at the Nicosia Olympic Shooting Range. Nearly 700 shooters from 83 countries participated.

Hancock went into the final tied with George Achilleos of Cyprus and Ioan Toman of Romania with a score of 123 targets. In the final, Achilleos shot a perfect score of 25 to secure the gold medal with a 148 total.

Both Hancock and Toman shot a 24, which led to a shoot-off for the silver. Hancock was the first to miss.

Four-time Olympian Todd Graves finished the competition in 39th place with a score of 118 and Shawn Dulohery, another past Olympian, was 41st, also with a 118 total. Hancock, Graves and Dulohery combined to win a team bronze for the U.S.

Richmond Holds his Position

Richmond had a qualification score of 143 and entered the double trap finals in the 3rd spot. He shot a 46 in the finals and took 3rd place with a score of 189 after a shoot-off with Great Britain's Steven Scott.

Italy's Francesco Daniello claimed claimed the top slot with a 191, while China's Binyuan Hu took second with 190. Americans Glenn Eller III and Jeffrey Holguin took 17th and 29th place, respectively, with scores of 138 and 136.

Team Silver in Women's Skeet

Haley Dunn, Kim Rhode and Connie Smotek teamed up to win a silver medal for the U.S. in women's skeet. Dunn led the way with a score of 95 that left her in 4th place overall.

Rhode shot a 94, which was good for 6th, and Smotek finished 21st. Germany's Christine Brinkler won the gold with a 98.

The trio's combined score of 210 from the qualification round was just four targets behind China, which took the gold medal.

No Medals in Trap

In the men's trap finals, three-time Olympian Bret Erickson finished with a score of 120 targets (out of 150) to place him in 19th. Lance Bade, the 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, finished 30th with a score of 119 and Michael Herman finished 66th with a score of 116.

The gold medalist was Australia’s Michael Diamond with a score of 148.

Joetta Dement was the highest finisher (27th) for the U.S. in women's trap, which was conducted in severe wind conditions. She broke 63 targets out of a possible 75.

Corey Cogdell finished 50th with a 59 and Theresa Witt was 55th with a 57.

China's Yui Lingzi shot 66 in the qualification round and 20 in the finals to claim the gold medal.


> Emily Blount of Arizona won the gold in junior women's skeet after a shoot-off with Slovakia's Monika Zemkova.

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