USA Shooting: Juniors Tune Up Before World Championships in Porpetto
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Twelve Junior shotgun athletes have made their way to Porpetto, Italy to compete in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup for Shotgun. Competition begins Thursday and concludes on August 21.
It’s the lone World Cup dedicated specifically to Junior shotgun athletes in the ISSF season, and for most of the U.S. team, it also serves as a warmup for the ISSF World Championship for Shotgun in Moscow, Russia starting later this month.
A third of this year’s team has made a Final or medaled at recent Junior World Cups, including last year’s Women’s Skeet gold medalist, 18-year-old Katie Jacob (Rochester, Michigan). Jacob also medaled at her first World Cup at the Open level last year when she won bronze at the World Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus. Her Women’s Skeet teammate Sam Simonton (Gainesville, Georgia) also finished in fifth place at last year’s Junior World Cup. Rounding out the Women’s Skeet squad is 16-year-old Austen Smith (Kellar, Texas), who finished in first place in the grueling, three-match World Championship selection process. This World Cup will be Smith’s first international match.
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