Cherokee Skeet Shooter Wins Gold Medal

ICTMN Staff
4/14/11

Wesley Mahan of CherokeePhoenix.org reports that Jon Michael McGrath, an 18-year old junior world champion in skeet shooting, hit an incredible 124 of 125 targets  to reach the finals at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup Championships in Sydney, Australia.  The event featured 721 competitors from 64 countries.  McGrath found himself in the final two against extremely stiff competition.

After shooting with 99.2% accuracy,  the Cherokee teenager met 2007 World Champion Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus in a shoot-off.  McGrath told the CherokeePhoenix that despite competing in the final round for a world championship, he wasn't feeling a ton of pressure.  "I knew if I could just stay focused on my shooting that everything else would work out."

All McGrath did was improve his accuracy from 99.2% to 100% by hitting all 25 targets in the final.

McGrath is no stranger to success, however.  Mahan reported that he was a member of the 2011 World Clay Target Championship Team and the USA Shooting Team that tied a world record while also shooting its way to the ISSF World Cup title in Concepcion, Chile.  He had been a silver medalist in the 2010 Fall Selection and National Championships.  He also has 19 world titles in American and international skeet, and is currently ranked number 6 in the world.

Sure shot McGrath looks to have his sights perfectly set on a big career as he heads to Slovenia for his next big World Cup.

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