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Ashley Carroll’s Women’s Trap Bronze Medal Secures Olympic Quota Spot For Team USA

By Todd Kortemeier | May 15, 2019, 11:04 a.m. (ET)

Ashley Carroll smiles for a photo after winning bronze at the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup on May 15, 2019 in Changwon, South Korea.


Winning a third career world cup medal was pretty sweet for Ashley Carroll on Wednesday in Changwon, South Korea. But now she’s got bigger plans: claiming the Olympic quota spot that she earned for Team USA.

Carroll secured the women’s trap quota spot just by making it to the final, where she then went on to lock down a bronze medal. Carroll hit on 36 out of 40 targets, but it was her run of 19 hits in a row that claimed her spot on the podium. 

A quota spot clinches a place for Team USA in women’s trap at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, but the specific athlete that will compete in that place will be determined later. The spot Carroll secured means that Team USA will have more women’s trap athletes in Tokyo than in Rio in 2016. Corey Cogdell-Unrein was the lone athlete in 2016 and won the bronze medal. In addition to Carroll, Kayle Browning earned a quota spot for the U.S. with her win at the 2018 Championship of the Americas.

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In shotgun events, the U.S. has now secured the two available quotas per event in women’s skeet, men’s skeet and women’s trap, and will now continue to focus on earning spots in men’s trap.

This is the fourth medal in three events for Team USA in Changwon. Olympic gold medalists Kim Rhode and Vincent Hancock won skeet titles while Christian Elliott finished just behind Hancock in second, earning his first career world cup medal. 

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.