Phillip Jungman wrapped the final competition of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany with a silver-medal win today in Men’s Skeet. He, along with his teammates Christian Elliott (Greenwood, Indiana) and Zachary McBee (Tucson, Arizona) also claimed a team gold in the event.
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“Ever since my first trip to Belgrade, Serbia, I have been itching to show the world who I am as a competitor,” Jungman said. “Now they know me. Now that I have medaled in the last two competitions, my competitors have placed a target on my back. My next goal is to have my national anthem playing for my first individual gold medal in Lonato, Italy [at the Shotgun World Championships].”
Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) and Elliott qualified for the Final in a three-way tie for second place with 121/125 targets. During the Semifinal, Elliott was eliminated and finished fifth overall. Jungman moved on to the Gold-Medal match tied with Valerio Palmucci of Italy at 15/16 targets each. Though Jungman only dropped 3 of 16 targets, Palmucci hit a perfect 16/16 targets to win the gold medal.
In Qualification, McBee was in a four-way tie for the sixth and last position in the Final with 119 targets, however, he was the first athlete eliminated in the shootoff. McBee finished in ninth place overall.
Men’s Trap also concluded today. Corey Hutto (Cornersville, Tennessee), the highest U.S. finisher in the event, was in a four-way tie for the last two positions in the Finals with 117 targets a piece. He was the first athlete eliminated in the shootoff and would finish in eighth place overall. Ryne Barfield (Poulan, Georgia) finished in 16th place with 114 targets and Austin Odom (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Benton, Arkansas) finished in 46th place with 104 targets.
Earlier this week, the USA Shooting Team claimed individual medals in Women’s Trap and Skeet, along with team medals in Women’s Trap and Men’s Double Trap and Three-Position Rifle. Read more about those events here. In addition to today’s two medals, the USA Shooting Team won eight medals overall (three gold, five silver) at this Junior World Cup.
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A special event at this Junior World Cup was the 10m Air Rifle and Air Pistol Mixed International Teams event. In each discipline, a male and female athlete from different countries teamed up to compete against other couples in this special competition. Elizabeth Gratz (Sigel, Illinois) and her partner Peter Vas of Hungary won gold in the Air Rifle event, beating Vanessa Hofstetter of Switzerland and Kim Hyeongmin of Korea, 10-8 points.
View complete results from the ISSF Junior World Cup, visit http://www.issf-sports.org