Soddy-Daisy's Eli Christman national skeet silver medalist

Soddy-Daisy's Eli Christman national skeet silver medalist

June 29th, 2017 by Staff Report in Sports - Outdoors

Soddy-Daisy's Eli Christman followed up his gold medal at the Tennessee State Junior Olympic Skeet Shooting Championships with a silver medal in the national competition, and he currently is in line to represent the United States in Russia in September.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Eli Christman continues his impressive shotgun achievements.

The 2017 graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School won the international skeet silver medal at the recent Shotgun National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs, Colo., after tying for first place in the competition for the best under-21-age shooters in the United States.

Christman had won the gold medal at the Tennnessee State Junior Olympic meet in late April in Maury County. At Colorado Springs, he scored 120 out of 125, good for fourth place and a spot in the six-man finals, and then tied for first at 55 out of 60 in a harder order of targets — with the skeet targets sailing at 60 mph and wind gusts hitting 40.

Even though Christman lost the shoot-off to 2016 runner-up Nic Moschetti from Broomfield, Colo., he still was in the top two and earned a spot on the USA Shooting Junior Team. And he currently is in the top three on that squad by points and in line to represent the U.S. in the ISSF World Championships set for Sept. 1-11 in Moscow, Russia. The three selected junior shooters for that event will be finalized at the USA Shooting nationals July 8-17 back in Colorado Springs.

Then for Christman comes an August start at Martin Methodist College, where he will be a member of the shooting team.

A highlight for him at the Junior Olympic nationals was having his medal presented by two-time Olympic gold medal skeet shooter Vincent Hancock.