Defending World champion Ashley Carroll of the United States added a Pan American Games gold medal to her name by winning the women’s trap. 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.
Carroll performed on a different level during the qualification round as she hit 120/125 targets. Only her compatriot Rachel Tozier was close, hitting 118/125 targets. The final was a close affair between Carroll and Tozier with Carroll leading by one hit going into the final five shots. Tozier however, missed three of them, allowing Carroll to win the gold medal. The bronze medal and first Olympic quota was won by Mexico’s Alejandra Ramirez while the second quota was won by Guatemala’s Ana Waleska Soto.
By winning a women’s trap quota, Mexico is now eligible to compete in the mixed team trap event. 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 medals and Olympic quotas being awarded in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions and men’s trap.