Australia’s James Willett takes World Cup title

Articles | Thursday, Oct 13, 2016

Australian James Willett won the men’s Double Trap world cup title at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final in Rome, Italy today.

Going into the event ranked number three in the world, Willett defeated the USA’s Jeffrey Holguin in the gold medal match to take the title by 1 target with a score of 28 to Holguin’s 27.

"I came over here a few days ago and enjoyed the range and the shooting, and I managed to put a good score together and win today,” Willett said.

The 20-year-old from Mulwala in New South Wales has had an outstanding 2016, being named as Shooting Australia's Male Shooter of the Year and Athlete of the Year before selection to the Australian Olympic team for the Rio Summer Olympics where he reached the men’s Double Trap final before bowing out.

“(I’ve) had a big year, in 2016. I got to represent Australia at the Olympic Games. I managed to come 5th in Rio. I was a little bit disappointed on not winning a medal. I came here trying to finish the year on a high, and I can’t complain,” Willett added.

“The next aim is to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and hopefully to win a gold medal there.”

Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon commented "James has had a remarkable year and has established himself as the best Double Trap shooter in the world. This year he has won Gold at World Cups, become World Number 1, made an Olympic Final and now won the year ending World Cup Final and all of this at only 20 years of age. He certainly has a bright future in this sport and we are thrilled to be helping him on this journey."


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