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April 19th, 2009

American Shooters Compete at ISSF World Cup in Beijing

Competition at the second leg of the 2009 ISSF World Cup Series commenced in Beijing, China on April 18 and will conclude April 23. Sixteen U.S. rifle and pistol shooters will be competing in Beijing, which will be familiar ground for 2008 Olympians Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, PA), Brian Beaman (Selby, SD), Keith Sanderson (San Antonio, TX) and 2008 bronze medalist Jason Turner (Rochester, NY). These four Olympians competed in the same venue at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing last August.

Jaime Beyerle ISSF Match

The U.S. is looking to add to their 2009 World Cup medal tally in Beijing, as Sanderson is coming off a silver medal win in Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol in Changwon, Korea earlier this week. Sanderson was an Olympic finalist and record holder at the 2008 Games in Beijing. For updated news and results during the Beijing ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup, please visit the ISSF website. Daily results (with photos of winning shooters) are found on the ISSF Latest News Page.

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March 5th, 2009

Katerina Emmons Named Int'l Shooter of the Year

Katerina Emmons, the wife of U. S. shooter Matt Emmons, was selected by a panel of international shooting sports journalists as the 2008 International Female Shooter of the Year. Katerina, who competes for the Czech Republic, won gold and silver medals in the Beijing Olympic Games in women’s air rifle and three-position smallbore rifle. Katerina opened the 2008 Games by winning the very first Gold medal of the Beijing Olympics in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle. She also established two world records during her outstanding year of competition. Katerina now lives in the USA with husband Matt (who finished second in the journalists’ voting for ISSF male shooter of the year). Katerina and Matt Emmons are now looking forward to the birth of their first child in April.

Katerina Emmons
Photo courtesy Fédération Française de Tir

Korean pistol shooter Jin Jong Oh was selected as the 2009 Male International Shooter of the Year, ahead of Matt Emmons. Jin won gold and silver medals in Beijing in the men’s free pistol and air pistol events. USA skeet Olympic gold medalist Vince Hancock was third in the voting. A full report on the International Shooters of the Year and the vote totals are posted on the ISSF website.

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August 12th, 2008

SPC. Walton Eller III Wins Gold Medal in Double Trap

Competiting in his third Olympics, Spc. Walton Glenn Eller III of the USAMU has finally won Gold. Eller, a Texas native, set two Olympic records in the Men’s Double Trap competition today to win the Gold Medal — the first American shooting gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Games.

SPC Walton Eller III Olympic Shooting

CLICK HERE to Watch Mens’ Double Trap Finals VIDEO. Eller clinches the Gold Medal at the 37’50”-minute mark in the video.

CLICK HERE for PHOTO GALLERY of Mens’ Double Trap with Award Ceremony

Eller, who finished 12th at the Sydney Games and 17th in Athens, entered the final round today four targets ahead of Italy’s Francesco D’Aniello with a qualification score of 145 — a new Olympic record. The previous Olympic record of 144 was set by Ahmed Almaktoum of the United Arab Emirates at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

SPC Walton Eller III Olympic Shooting
photo courtesy USAMU

Slow Start in Finals then Another Olympic Record
After missing his first pair in the final, Eller ended up shooting 45 targets and finished with a total score of 190 targets, setting another Olympic record and taking home the Gold. “I was so happy after I won, but I didn’t know whether to cry, smile or jump up and down,” said Eller. “After my performances in the last two Olympics, I really wanted to come here and bring home a medal for the U.S. This is definitely one of the greatest moments of my life so far.”

D’ Aniello took the Silver with 187 targets, while the Bronze Medal was won by Hu Binyuan of China with 184 targets. Jeff Holguin of Yorba Linda, Calif., finished fourth. D’Aniello and Hu both hit 46 targets each, the best scores in the finals. Two previous Olympic Champions, Russell Mark of Australia and Richard Faulds of Britain, were also in the Finals.

For complete shooting results, visit the official Beijing 2008 Olympic Games website.

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