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Alaska trapshooter Cogdell-Unrein wins World Cup gold

  • Author: Beth Bragg
  • Updated: July 19, 2018
  • Published July 18, 2018

Alaska trapshooter Corey Cogdell-Unrein, a two-time Olympic medalist, found a new way to win a medal Wednesday.

The Eagle River woman teamed up with Jake Wallace of Castaic, California, to win the mixed team event at a World Cup competition in Tucson, Arizona.

The triumph marked the eighth time Codgell-Unrein has claimed a World Cup medal, and the first time she's earned one in the mixed team event.

Cogdell-Unrein is a three-time Olympian who won bronze medals in women's trapshoot at the 2008 and 2016 Summer Olympics. In May she teamed up with Wallace for the team event, which became a World Cup event last year and will make its Olympic debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The pair won Wednesday's six-team finals with a score of 43 out of 50 to beat France's Melanie Couzy and Sebastien Guerrero by one target.

"We battled all day long," Cogdell-Unrein said in a press release from USA Shooting. "The scores were all over the place and we had to focus to battle throughout the day."

The United States earned another medal with a third-place finish from Kayle Browning and Will Hinton, who combined for a score of 32 in the finals.

In the finals, teammates alternate after every five targets for a total of 50. Cogdell-Unrein shot first and Wallace shot last, with Cogdell-Unrein hitting 20 of 25 and Wallace hitting 23 of 25.

"Corey is a strong starter and I'm a strong finisher, so we decided to go with that," Wallace said in the USA Shooting release.

Both American teams will compete at next month's World Championships in South Korea.