Cuba and the United States split the medals today at the 2019 Pan American Games. Medals were awarded in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and the women’s 10m air rifle. Additionally, the two highest ranked eligible athletes qualified their nation to the Olympics. Shooting at the Pan American Games is currently being held in Lima, Peru from July 27th to August 3rd 2019.
The qualification round of the women’s 10m air rifle was won by 2018 Pan American champion Minden Miles of the United States whom edged out Mexico’s Goretti Zumaya by 0.7 points, finishing with a total of 627.4 points. The final saw Argentina’s Fernanda Russo and Alison Weisz exchange the lead multiple times, but a consistent Miles passed Russo in the penultimate round leaving her with the bronze medal, but an Olympic quota as Miles had already secured one for her nation. Miles was however, unable to catch Weisz as she would go on to win the gold medal and Olympic quota with a score of 494.4.
The men’s 25m rapid fire pistol saw Keith Sanderson of the United States win the qualification round with a score of 586, four more points than Peru’s Marko Carrillo. Cuba held the top two positions during the elimination stage of the final. In the end it was Jorge Alvarez whom edged out his compatriot, Leuris Pupo 28 to 26. As Pupo already obtained an Olympic quota the second one went to Carrillo whom won the bronze medal.
The next opportunity for Pan American athletes to qualify in this event will be at the World Cup event to be held in August. Shooting at the Pan American Games continues tomorrow with quotas being awarded in the men’s 10m air rifle and women’s skeet.