By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 31, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Glenn Eller practices double trap prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on July 31, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

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Glenn Eller, a five-time Olympian in double trap, makes his world championship debut in men’s trap on Sunday in Changwon, South Korea.

Since double trap was dropped from the program for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Eller is focusing on trap as his new event. So far, this change hasn’t been a problem. Eller, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, topped the field in a U.S. selection tournament held in March in Tucson, Arizona. Now he is in South Korea looking for a podium finish. He could also earn the United States a spot at the 2020 Olympics if he finishes as one of the top four countries.

Competition in men’s trap, air rifle, air pistol and junior women’s trap on Sunday marks the start of 13 days of shooting action in Changwon in Olympic and non-Olympic events. The opening ceremony is Saturday.

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The U.S. team of 82 is the largest ever and includes 12 Olympians.

Men’s trap is a two-day competition with the final on Monday. Joining Eller in the competition are Grayson Davey and six-time world team member Jake Wallace.

Sarah Beard, a three-time world team member, begins her busy program by competing in air rifle mixed team on Sunday. Also competing in that event are Dempster Christenson, Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky and Mindy Miles.

Alexis Lagan and 2012 Olympian Nick Mowrer make their world championship debuts in mixed team air pistol. They finished fourth at the Fort Benning World Cup.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc