Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.), en route to a 4th-place finish in the mixed relay with teammate Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.), broke the world shooting record for 5 shots in a remarkable 9.03 seconds. The 25-year-old Sacksen stated after creating his own bit of history: “I am shocked by this, I have done this in training, but never in competition.”
This was the first World Championships held with laser precision shooting, which allows athletes to see exactly where they have shot.
“This helps a lot, it gives you a lot more confidence after the warming up knowing where you have shot and you can correct your mistakes before the event,” Sacksen added.
The U.S. duo of Sacksen and Isaksen narrowly missed the medal stand during Monday's event. Their point total of 6092 was just four points behind the bronze medal Lithuanian team of Justinas Kinderis and Laura Asadauskaite. The Americans had the only clean ride among the 18 teams in the riding event and had the second-best time in the combined run/shoot (13:52.00).
Ukraine claimed the gold medal with Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy and women's individual champion Victoria Tereshuk posting 6212 points. The Russian team of Serguei Karyakin and Evdokia Gretchichnikova claimed the silver medal with 6148 points.
The World Championships continue on Tuesday with the women's relay event.