Eagle Scout, Jon Michael McGrath and USA Shooting Skeet Team Win Gold at World Cup

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Concepcion, CHILE- The USA Shooting Men’s Skeet Team comprised of Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, GA), Jon Michael McGrath, (Tulsa, OK) and Frank Thompson (Alliance, NE) tied the World Record in the Men’s Skeet team event today capturing the gold medal for the United States. Out of a possible 125 targets, Thompson finished with a competition score of 123, Hancock with 122 and McGrath with 121 posting a combined score of 366/375. The United States owns the World Record set in 2009 at the World Championship in Maribor, Slovenia. The USA team finished just short of individual medals. The USA Shooting Team also has the youngest men’s team competing in the ISSF World Cup series and at the World Clay Target Championships in Belgrade, Serbia later this year.

Jon Michael McGrath first started shooting at Boy Scout summer camp at Hale Scout Reservation. McGrath is an Eagle Scout from Troop 1, Indian Nations Council in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jon Michael is a resident athlete at the US Olympic Training Center.

The team returns home for a few days before traveling to the next stop in the World Cup series March 22 – April 1, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney World Cup has 64 nations represented with 721 competitors in the Olympic sports of rifle, pistol and shotgun.

Vincent Hancock is the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist at the Beijing Olympic Games and Jon Michael McGrath is the 2010 World Champion in Men’s Junior Skeet in Munich. Both Vincent and Jon Michael were SCTP National Champions.

Athletes are members of the United States National Team at USA Shooting, based at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. USA Shooting is the National Governing Body for Olympic Shooting Sports in the United States.

Pictured Above:

(L to R) Bronze- Norway (Tore Bovold, Ole Eilif Undseth, Jonas Filtvedt) Gold – United States (Vincent Hancock, Frank Thompson and Jon Michael McGrath) Silver- Germany (Sven Korte, Ralf Buchheim, Alex Wegner)

Photo Credit: Bob Duvall – Atlanta