By Todd Kortemeier | March 20, 2019, 9:27 p.m. (ET)
Kayle Browning (L) and Brian Burrows pose for a photo at the ISSF World Cup Shotgun on March 20, 2019 in Acapulco, Mexico.

 

After qualifying third in trap mixed team at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup event in Acapulco, Mexico, Team USA’s Kayle Browning and Brian Burrows did one better in the final, scoring a silver medal at the first world cup of the season.

The result is the best at a world cup for the 26-year-old Browning, and matches the best-ever result for the 31-year-old Burrows, who also earned his in Acapulco back in 2013, in men’s trap. Browning and Burrows were third after the qualifying round, behind Turkey and the second Australian team.

But they saved their best for last, posting a final-round 43, finishing just behind Australia 1 with 46. The podium finish is the first for Team USA at this season-opening shotgun world cup. Browning picked up where she left off, on the podium, as she was at the close of last year’s world cup season in Tucson, Arizona. Browning finished third there in mixed trap along with partner Will Hinton.

Trap mixed team will make its Olympic debut next year.

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Browning holds a gold medal from the 2018 Championship of the Americas, and two medals from the Pan American Games. The 2013 silver medal in Acapulco was the first senior international medal for Burrows. He was a 2013 national champion.

The shotgun world cup continues through March 25.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.