The 52nd International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship is set to take place in Changwon, South Korea from August 31 through September 15. The Pistol athletes of the USA Shooting Team are showing promise, with many hoping to reprise their victories in the 51st ISSF World Championship in Granada, Spain held four years ago. Here’s a look at the competitors.
Alex Chichkov of Temple Terrace, Florida took gold in both the Men’s Sport and Standard Pistol in 51st meet. Chichkov will once again return to the World Championship stage in Changwon, this time in the Open ranks in Rapid Fire, Centerfire and Standard Pistol. Sanderson will also shoot these three events. Many believe he will lead the field just as he did in the Junior division in years past.
Keith Sanderson hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sanderson was both the 2017 USA Shooting Male Athlete of the Year and ISSF World Finals champ. He’s expected to put up another strong performance this year. He was outside the final round of competitors in the Finals of the 2018 World Cup. Sanderson will compete in the Open ranks in Rapid Fire, Centerfire and Standard Pistol Changwon.
Alexis Lagan, a Boulder City, Nevada native is expected to lead the charge on the women’s side. She is this year’s Air Pistol National Champion and Sport Pistol silver medalist. She also found herself just shy of the Finals at World Cups in 2018. She made her Finals debut in the Air Pistol Mixed Team event at World Cup Fort Benning, where she finished in fourth place alongside teammate Nick Mowrer.
Nick Mowrer of Butte, Montana’s top solo international finish in 2018 came when he finished in eighth place in Men’s Air Pistol at the World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. He will once again compete with Alex Lagan at the World Championship where the duo will make their World Championship debut.
Sarah Choe of Los Angeles, California got her first taste of the World Championship stage during the 2017 ISSF Junior World Championship for Rifle/Pistol in Suhl, Germany last summer. Choe finished in eighth place in Junior Women’s Air Pistol at the event. She has posted several world-class scores in 2017 and 2018 and looks to continue her strong performances in Changwon.
Katelyn Abeln and Kellie Foster
Katelyn Abeln of Douglasville, Georgia and Kellie Foster of Rockdale, Texas competed alongside Choe in Germany last year. Together, they would take the Silver for the team event. They will continue to compete in the Junior division this year, and plan to score even higher.
Jack Leverett III
Currently residing in Bainbridge, Georgia, Jack Leverett III finished in fifth place in Junior Men’s Sport Pistol and 11th in Junior Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol in Suhl. Leverett was also the bronze medalist overall at this year’s National Championship in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol. While he may be one of the top-performing Junior Men, he may also have the most potential to bring in multiple medals as he will be competing in four events.