U.S. trapshooter Ashley Carroll made history earlier this month as the first U.S. shooter to win a world women’s trap title in 20 years.
Carroll, age 24, entered the 2019 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships in Lonato del Garda, Italy, ranked eighth in the world. Armed with the second-best qualification score of 120 shattered targets (out of 125), which led her into the finals, she beat Xiaojing Wang (China) by one target in the final, missing just two of her last 10 targets (42 of 50) while Wang dropped three. Wang earned the silver medal with her runner-up finish for the second consecutive year at the ISSF World Championship.
The last U.S. woman to win a gold medal at this world shooting event was Cindy Gentry two decades ago. For Carroll, her previous best world championship finish was sixth place in 2017. She has been a roll as of late, notably setting a women’s trap world record in Guadalajara, Mexico, last year.
Additionally, this is the first trap medal for Team USA at a world championship (men or women) since Bret Erickson’s bronze medal-winning performance back in 2006.