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U.S. archer needs extra time to earn medal

9/11/2011

Sergeant Glenn Eller went the distance for the United States as it was another medal winning day for the USA shooting team at the 2011 ISSF World Clay Target Championship.

Eller advanced to the final round after winning a four-person shoot-off that lasted 36 targets. He then needed only four targets to beat Russia's Vitaly Fokeev in a shoot-off for the bronze medal.

Eller hit 45 out of 50 targets in the final. China's Jun Li won gold and Germany's Andreas Loew took silver.

"It feels really great to be back in the podium again after three years, Eller said, according to USA Shooting.

Eller was the 2008 men's double trap Olympic gold medalist.

Billy Crawford stunned his competition in the junior men's double trap.

Crawford set a new junior world record in taking home the gold medal.

"I continue to be impressed by our junior talent," national shotgun coach Bret Erickson said. "The performance of the junior men's double trap trio affirms that we will be successful in years to come."

Crawford's teammates Private First Class Derek Hademan and Ian Rupert finished in fifth and seventh place, respectively.