U.S. Rifle And Pistol Athletes Claim Six Medals At World Cup In Rio De Janeiro

by Todd Kortemeier

Mary Tucker competes during the women's 10-meter air rifle at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on July 24, 2021 in Asaka, Saitama, Japan.


A week after the U.S. shotgun team topped all nations with 11 medals at a world cup in Lima, Peru, U.S. rifle and pistol shooters scored another six medals at the world cup in Rio de Janeiro that concluded April 18.
Highlighting the performance was the first non-shotgun gold medal for Team USA in this world cup season, earned in 10-meter air rifle team by Rylan Kissell, Olympic medalist Lucas Kozeniesky and Olympic gold medalist Will Shaner. The trio knocked off the Czech Republic for the gold medal, 16-12. Kozeniesky and Shaner also earned bronze medals, Kozeniesky in 50-meter rifle three positions with Ivan Roe and Timothy Sherry, and Shaner with Olympian Ali Weisz in mixed team 10-meter air rifle.
Team USA athletes competed in one other gold-medal match as Morgan Kreb, Olympian Sagen Maddalena and Olympic medalist Mary Tucker placed second in 50-meter rifle three positions. The Americans fell in the gold-medal match to Norway, 16-4. 
Rounding out the medal results for the Americans were bronze medals by Henry Turner Leverett in 25-meter rapid fire pistol and Weisz in 10-meter air rifle. 
The U.S. now has 28 medals in this world cup season to lead all countries. Team USA’s five gold medals are tied with Norway for third most. U.S. shotgun shooters will get their chance next as the world cup moves to Lonato del Garda, Italy for its next stop April 19-30.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor, and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.