Five For Friday: Shooting

By Paul D. Bowker | March 23, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Kim Rhode competes in the women's skeet final at the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016 on Aug. 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

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The path toward the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is on target this week in Tucson, Arizona.

Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode and two-time Olympic champion Vincent Hancock are among the skeet shooters taking part in the Spring Selection Match for Shotgun at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club. Competition goes through Sunday.

The competition will determine the U.S. rosters for the 2018 world championships and Championship of the Americas. Both international events begin the quota process for the 2020 Games. The top three scorers from the spring and fall selection shoots secure spots on those teams.

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The Spring Selection Match consists of five days of competition in skeet and trap shooting. It is the second half of the selection process, which began with the Fall Selection Match. The skeet finals are Saturday, followed by trap finals on Sunday.

Rhode, who was named the 2017 ISSF Shooter of the Year and began 2018 with a world cup victory, enters the week six targets up on Caitlin Conner. Rhode has been on 14 world championship teams, dating back to 1995. Hancock, a three-time Olympian, is three targets up on two-time Olympian Frank Thompson in men’s skeet.

Ashley Carroll, who began the season with a world cup win in Mexico and has won five consecutive USA Shooting competitions, leads in women’s trap by four targets over Julia Stallings and Aeriel Skinner. Skinner is coming off a world cup bronze medal. Among the others chasing Carroll is two-time Olympic bronze medalist Corey Cogdell-Unrein.

The men’s trap competition is a battle among leader Grayson Davey, Jake Wallace and Mick Wertz. 

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