Ashley Carroll became the first U.S. female shooter to win a world trap title since 1999, a result that could propel her to a first Olympics in 2020.
Carroll, a 24-year-old competing at her seventh worlds, beat China’s Wang Xiaojing, the 2018 World silver medalist, by one target in the final while hitting 42 of 50 targets overall. The last U.S. woman to earn world gold in the event was Cindy Gentry two decades ago.
Carroll entered the shotgun championships in Lonato del Garda, Italy, ranked eighth in the world with a previous best world champs finish of sixth in 2017.
The U.S. also boasts the reigning Olympic bronze medalist in trap, Corey Cogdell-Unrein, who isn’t at these worlds but did compete last summer in the new Olympic mixed team trap event with Jake Wallace.
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