Hancock, Rhode Win Skeet Competition at Fall Selection
The Fall Selection Match was part one of a two-part qualification system to select the shotgun athletes for the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship August 31-September 14 in Changwon, South Korea. This selection match featured 250 Qualification targets presented over four days of competition plus one Final. The second stage of World Championship selection will take place at the 2018 Spring Selection Match, March 19-25 in Tucson, Arizona. Performance at Fall Selection will also determine athlete participants for the season-opening 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, March 2-12.
Olympic qualification and country quota allocations officially get underway during next year's World Championship. Juniors will earn their World Championship selection during one match at next year's Spring Selection.
Hancock, the reigning National Champion in Men's Skeet, dropped only three targets over the four days to finish first in Qualification with 247 targets. He would also go on to win the Final after defeating his two-time Olympic teammate Frank Thompson (Alliance, Nebraska) in a shootoff. Thompson finished second place overall. Phillip Jungman (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Caldwell, Texas) finished in third place overall.
Rhode also finished Qualification only missing three targets for 247 hits. She also won the Final by a five-target margin. During the 2017 season, Rhode won two golds and a silver at the three ISSF World Cups. Most recently Rhode finished in fourth place at the World Championship in Moscow, Russia.
Finishing in second place was Rhode's World Championship teammate Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana). Haley Dunn (Eddyville, Iowa) tied Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colorado) in selection points after Qualification and the Final so third place was decided in a shootoff which Dunn won, 4-3. Recently-crowned World Champion Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida) finished in fifth place and Junior World Champion Katie Jacob (Rochester, Michigan) finished in eighth place.
Complete results from the 2017 Fall Selection Match
Trap competition concluded at Fall Selection on October 3 with Ashley Carroll (Solvang, California) and Grayson Davey (Anchorage, Alaska) taking top honors. TRAP RECAP
2018 Shotgun Selection Procedures: WORLD CUPS | WORLD CHAMPS & CAT | JR WORLD CHAMPS
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