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Pat Lamont keeps finding ways to make a great shooting career even better.
At the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships, which ended last weekend in Sparta, Ill., the 31-year-old Brandonite won the high over all and the high all around title, giving him career championships in all five events that are held.
It’s just the second time in the 118-year history of the world’s largest event that a shooter has accomplished the feat.
"This is certainly the biggest trap shooting achievement that I’ve ever had," Lamont said.
Lamont won the doubles championship last Friday and the high over all on Saturday to complete the collection. He won the singles title last year and had already captured the handicap and high all around title. In handicap shooting, more experienced shooters stand farther from the trap.
The numbers are remarkable.
He won the high over all by hitting 986 of the 1,000 targets — 400 singles, 200 doubles and 400 handicap — to win by five.
In the high all around, he scored 397 out of 400 championship targets as he faced 200 singles, 100 doubles, and 100 handicap targets, winning by three.
In doubles, in which two targets are launched at the same time and which featured 1,621 shooters, Lamont hit all 100 targets, pushing him into a shootoff against 20 other shooters. Gradually they fell away until it was just Lamont and one other competitor.
When the other guy missed his final shot, the 180th of the shootoff, Lamont had to make his final two to win.
"All I had to do was break my last pair to shoot 180 out of 180," Lamont said. "I was eventually able to do it. It took a while to calm the nerves."
In an earlier event, down range wads class doubles, Lamont was one of 13 competitors out of 1,442 who was perfect in 100 shots.
Rather than a shootoff, the class doubles championship event was settled in the main event, meaning Lamont won both doubles titles when he won the later shootout.
"Everything just fell into place and I ended up getting the two remaining ones that I haven’t had before," he said.
Lamont said he doesn’t think he is getting better, but is instead improving his ability to focus on every target one by one.
"That is one of those things that comes with experience," Lamont said. "When I talk about being more consistent and learning every time, especially in a shootoff or tiebreak, you’re not there all that often. Anytime you get a chance to be in one, as long as you’re paying attention, you’re going to learn how to take these targets one at a time to take your next pair out.
"It’s one of the hardest parts of the whole thing is to try and stay in the present."
Earlier this month, Lamont won singles, doubles, the all-around and overall champion titles at nationals, besting 180 other people and boosting his career wins to 27 at the event.
He also attended larger state events in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, winning the high over all in each one.
He also captured the Central zone shoot in which marksmen fire at their home range and phone in their score. It included 700 people in 10 states and two provinces this year.
"It’s been my best year ever," Lamont said.
There are several satellite Grand shoots scattered throughout the year but they pale in size to the big event and Lamont hasn’t attended them.
This year the provincials in Winnipeg fall after the Grand American on the final week of August, although Lamont isn’t certain he’ll shoot all the events.
So after being one of the most dominant shooters in history in the biggest event in the world — and in a sport where the very best can remain competitive well into their fifties — what Everests does have Lamont have to climb?
"More of the championship titles," Lamont said. "Just because I’ve got them once, I would love to keep getting more."
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