Just nine days after earning a spot on her third Olympic team, Corey Cogdell-Unrein won silver in women’s trap at the ISSF world cup event in San Marino.
Cogdell-Unrein, the bronze medalist at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, survived a three-way shoot-off at the end of the semifinal round that moved her and Australia’s Emma Cox into the gold-medal match. That bumped China’s Zhu Jingyu into the bronze pairing, where she fell to France’s Carole Cormenier. Cox took the gold medal by hitting 13 of her 15 targets, while Cogdell-Unrein hit 11.
The silver is Cogdell-Unrein’s seventh world cup medal, the fourth since the London 2012 Olympic Games, where she placed 11th. The medals this Olympic cycle include a gold last year in Acapulco, Mexico, and two bronzes, one in 2013 in Granada, Spain, and another last year in Gabala, Azerbaijan.
The recent spate of podium finishes puts her in medal contention in Rio, a location where she has enjoyed prior success, including a gold medal at the 2010 Championship of the Americas and a bronze at the Rio 2007 Pan American Games.
Cogdell-Unrein won her spot on her third Olympic team May 25. The wife of NFL defensive end Mitch Unrein, she is part of an impressive shotgun contingent the U.S. will send to Brazil. The seven-member team holds a total of nine Olympic medals, a total they hope to add to in Rio.