Day one of finals in sailing at the 2019 Pan American Games saw medals awarded in the men’s laser and women’s laser radial. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked boats in each event qualified their nation to the games. As a reminder, the Pan American Games have higher priority than the 2019 World Championships despite the latter occurring first. Sailing at the Pan American Games is currently being held in Lima, Peru from August 3rd to August 10th 2019.
The men’s laser saw three boats, Brazil’s Bruno Fontes, Guatemala’s Juan Ignacio Maegli and the United States’ Charles Buckingham all created a gap between themselves and the rest of the competition. By the time we reached the medal race it was Maegli whom held a three- and four-point lead over Buckingham and Fontes respectively. Maegli finished second in the medal race, allowing him to win gold and the Olympic quota with a total score of 28. Fontes outperformed Buckingham to leapfrog him for silver as the two finished with 34 and 37 net points respectively. The second Olympic quota was won by fourth place finisher Enrique Arathoon of El Salvador. By winning a quota here the one won by Maegli at the 2019 World Championships has been reallocated to Slovenia’s Zan Luka Zelko.
The women’s laser radial came down to two boats. Despite winning six out of the ten races United States’ Charlotte Rose only stood one point ahead of Canada’s Sarah Douglas meaning the boat which performed better during the medal race would win the gold medal. Douglas was able to win the match race and gold medal finishing with a score of 21, one more than Rose’s score of 22. The two Olympic quotas were won by Argentina’s Lucia Falasca whom won the bronze medal and fourth place finisher Dolores Moreira of Uruguay. As both boats previously qualified at the 2019 World Championships the quotas won there have been reallocated to Guatemala’s Isabella Maegli and Thailand’s Kamolwan Chanyim.
Pan American nations will have one more opportunity to qualify to the games in these events; at their respective continental qualifiers. For the purpose of sailing, Central and South America will compose one continent while North American and the Caribbean will compose the other.