SHOOTING Preview: Shotgun World Cup gets started in Acapulco, with strong fields

American Olympic shooting star Kim Rhode (Photo: ISSF)

A large field of 351 shooters from 61 countries is assembling on the Mexican Riviera – specifically in Acapulco – for the first ISSF Shotgun World Cup over the next ten days. The schedule:

18 March: Women’s Trap
19 March: Men’s Trap
20 March: Mixed Team Trap
24 March: Women’s Skeet
25 March: Men’s Skeet

The fields include multiple Olympic and World Championships medal winners, including, but not limited to:

Men’s Trap:
● Josip Glasnovic (CRO) ~ 2016 Olympic Champion
● Giovanni Pellielo (ITA) ~ 2016 Olympic silver medalist
● Alberto Fernandez (ESP) ~ 2018 World Champion
● Lyndon Sosa (LUX) ~ 2018 Guadalajara World Cup winner

Men’s Skeet:
● Gabriele Rossetti (ITA) ~ 2016 Olympic Champion
● Marcus Svensson (SWE) ~ 2016 Olympic silver medalist
● Abdullah Al-Rashidi (KUW) ~ 2016 Olympic bronze medalist
Vincent Hancock (USA) ~ 2008-12 Olympic Champion; 2018 World Champion
● Erik Watndal (NOR) ~ 2018 Worlds silver medalist

Women’s Trap:
● Natalie Rooney (NZL) ~ 2016 Olympic silver medalist
● Xiaojing Wang (CHN) ~ 2018 Worlds silver medalist
Ashley Carroll (USA) ~ 2018 Guadalajara World Cup winner

Women’s Skeet:
● Diana Bacosi (ITA) ~ 2016 Olympic Champion
Kim Rhode (USA) ~ 2010 World Champ; 2012 Olympic Champ; 2016 Worlds bronze

Rhode’s amazing career includes six medals in six consecutive Olympic Games, beginning in 1996. She will also try to qualify for the Trap final in the qualifying round, and she has lots of experience in World Cup competition, winning three of four events in 2018.

Look for results here.