Caitlin Connor Wins Silver in Womens Skeet at Minsk World Cup
MINSK, Belarus Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, La.) took home her first-ever ISSF World Cup medal on Sunday when she claimed the silver in the Womens Skeet event in Minsk, Belarus.
Eighteen-year-old Connor, who was the youngest of the skeet finalists, earned the silver in very windy conditions after a three-way shoot-off and the conclusion of the final round. Connor, Katiuscia Spada of Italy and Cristina Vitali, also of Italy, were all tied for second place with a total score of 95 hits at the end of the final. Connor secured the silver by shooting both the targets of her first shoot-off double, ending up on the podium with a total score of 95 (71+24) + 2 targets. Connors best finish in an international competition prior to this event was at the World Cup in Cairo last month when she finished in sixth place.
I was feeling very confident, in spite of the weather conditions, and I am very happy about my first ISSF medal, said Connor after the final.
Russian shooter Svetlana Demina shot a perfect 25-target final in spite of the windy conditions and won the gold medal with a total score of 96 targets (71+25). The bronze medal went to Spada, who won the duel for the podium against her teammate Vitali, finishing third with a total score of 95 +1+2 targets.
Approximately 270 athletes from 36 countries are competing in the five Olympic shotgun events at the 2009 ISSF World Cup in Minsk, Belarus with competition continuing on Wednesday with the Mens Double Trap event. The Trap events for both women and men will close out the competition on June 12 and 13.