Corey Cogdell-Unrein gave the United States its third medal at the 2016 ISSF World Cup Final for Shotgun, winning bronze Friday in women’s trap in Rome.
The two-time Olympic bronze medalist overcame a string of three straight misses in the bronze-medal match, but her opponent, Lebanon’s Ray Bassil, missed three straight in the final five targets to give Cogdell-Unrein the 12-10 victory and a spot on the podium.
Ranked No. 3 in the world, Cogdell-Unrein advanced to the bronze-medal final by defeating world No. 1 Catherine Skinner of Australia in a shoot-off to determine who would face Bassil for the bronze.
The bronze is Cogdell-Unrein’s first podium finish at a World Cup Final. In addition to her two Olympic bronze medals from 2008 and 2016, she had won a total of seven world cup medals, including two golds, two silvers and three bronzes. She closes out a productive 2016, which included Friday’s bronze, a bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and a silver medal at the world cup in San Marino.
The gold medal went to world No. 2 Natalie Rooney of New Zealand, who held off a bid from San Marino’s Alessandra Perilli in the gold-medal match. Both hit only nine of 15 clays in the final round, forcing a shoot-off, where Rooney hit more targets (10) than she did in the regulation round.
With no entry in the meet’s final event, men’s trap, the U.S. wraps up the competition with a medal of each hue. In addition to Cogdell-Unrein’s bronze medal, Kim Rhode added to her vast collection with a gold in women’s skeet and Jeff Holguin claimed a silver medal in men’s double trap, assuring that the U.S. will finish atop the medals table for the meet.