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Sumpter survives latest ‘Top Shot’ elimination
Federal Way Police Department Cmdr. Kyle Sumpter survived yet another episode of “Top Shot,” having to make both the longest shot ever in the history of the show, and face off with fellow competitor William Bethards to fight for who would stay out of the elimination challenge.
In this week’s episode, the green jerseys were busted out, meaning that for the remainder of the season, it’s an individual competition. This week’s episode put the pressure on early, with the eight remaining competitors having to attempt the longest shot in the history of the show: hitting a 30-inch target 1,500 yards downrange. They had to do this with the Accuracy International AX 338 sniper rifle, the gun that holds the record for the longest confirmed kill in a combat theater.
The competitors had 10 minutes or 20 rounds to attempt to hit the target. For Sumpter, it took four rounds and 1:35 to hit the target.
“That was the finest shot I’ve hit in my life,” Sumpter said during the episode.
That time put Sumpter in the bottom half of the competitors, meaning he was facing the possibility of going to the elimination challenge. The other two contestants in the danger zone were Chris Chen and the aforementioned Bethards. Sumpter and Chen had recorded the two slower times out of the three, and it appeared as though it would be those two heading to the challenge. That plan was thrown off the rails when Greg Littlejohn, Bethards’ former teammate on the blue team, shot Bethards’ target in an act of revenge.
Because of Littlejohn’s deviation, Sumpter and Bethards ended up in a “playoff” shot, with the goal being to hit the target as near center as possible. Bethards hit just a little high of the bulls-eye, leaving Sumpter with a little room — and Sumpter took advantage of it.
Chen and Bethards faced off in the elimination challenge, with Bethards pulling out to an early lead. Chen stayed the course, and eventually overtook Bethards to stay on the show, beating Bethards by one shot when all was said and done. The competition is now down to six shooters, and will continue next week at 10 p.m. Tuesday on The History Channel.