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Ashley Carroll, Derek Haldeman Prove Team USA Is Olympic Medal Threat In Fourth Shotgun Event

By Karen Price | May 17, 2019, 11:01 a.m. (ET)

(L-R) Derek Haideman and Ashley Carroll smile for a photo at the ISSF World Cup Shotgun on May 17, 2019 in Changwon, South Korea.


Ashley Carroll and Derek Haldeman proved to be tough competition in mixed team trap two years ago, when they won a bronze medal at the world championship, and on Friday in Changwon, South Korea, they held strong en route to a world cup silver medal. 

It came down to a shootout between the Americans, who are dating, and the Italian duo of Daniele Resca and Silvana Stanco, with the competition coming out on top by one. The medal rounded out a highly successful stint in Changwon, however, with the U.S. finishing atop the leaderboard with five medals (two golds, two silvers, one bronze). Out of five events contested in shotgun, the U.S. medaled in four – women’s skeet, men’s skeet, women’s trap and mixed team trap.

It’s also been a world cup stop to remember for Carroll, the 24-year-old from Solvang, California, who won the bronze medal in women’s trap on Wednesday. It was her third individual world cup medal and, more importantly, it also secured the U.S. a quota spot in women’s trap for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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Carroll and Haldeman, who is a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, were the top qualifiers, with 145 out of 150 targets. Both they and the team from Italy shot 42 of 50 in the final, leading to the shootoff, where Carroll was the first to miss.

The competition used a new format, with a medal match also taking place for bronze, in which Chinese Taipei beat South Korea. Mixed team trap will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

The ISSF World Cup series continues May 24-31 with a rifle/pistol competition in Munich, Germany.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.