By Brittany Nelson, USAS Public Relations & Communications Manager
COLO SPRGS, CO (April 6, 2023) – Alicia Gough, and Glenn Eller, Olympic gold medalist, earned silver in the Mixed Team Trap event at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Larnaca, Cyprus, Shotgun World Cup, April 2.
The duo competed in the qualification round and had a shoot off with Portugal and Slovakia due to a three-way tie. After winning the shoot off, they faced another Portugal team in the gold medal match where they placed second.
This is Gough’s third World Cup medal of the 2023 season. At the Doha World Cup, she earned a bronze medal in Women’s Trap and a gold medal in Mixed Team Trap with Will Hinton.
Eller is no stranger to the international competition scene. The five-time Olympian has earned eleven World Cup medals, four World Championship medals, and a Pan American Games gold medal over the course of his shooting career. The competition in Cyprus is Eller’s second world cup of 2023.
Dustan Taylor competed in Men’s Skeet at the Cyprus World Cup and place fourth overall after making it to the finals. Rachel Tozier also made it to the finals in Women’s Trap where she placed seventh overall.
Taylor went on to compete in Mixed Team Skeet with six-time Olympic medalist Kimberly Rhode. The pair placed fourth overall falling short to Chile.
Gough, Eller, Taylor, and Tozier are all soldiers in the Army Marksmanship Unit in addition to being USA Shooting National Team members.
The shotgun athletes made four of the six possible finals at the Cyprus competition.
“We didn’t win the medal count this time, but lessons were learned, and experience was gained as we build a strong foundation on our Path to Paris 2024,” said Jay Waldron, USA Shooting national shotgun coach.
USA was first place for overall medals at the past two World Cups of 2023. The team brought home nine medals at the Rabat competition, ahead of the four that Greece earned, and six medals at the Doha World Cup, triumphing over Italy’s four.
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