Two sets of medals were awarded in shooting today at the 2019 Pan American Games; in the men’s 10m air pistol and women’s 50m rifle 3 positions. 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.
In the men’s 10m air pistol, the qualification round was won by Nickolaus Mowrer of the United States whom finished the round with a score of 575, one more than Cuba’s Jorge Grau. The final was initially led by Brazil’s Julio de Souza, but was over taken by both Grau and Mowrer in the penultimate round, eliminating him and leaving him with no Olympic quota and the bronze medal. The gold medal was won by Grau whom finished with a total of 237.3 points. By qualifying a quota, Cuba is now eligible to compete in the mixed team event.
The qualification round of the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions saw Puerto Rico’s Yarimar Mercado lead all athletes with a total score of 1168, three more than Sarah Beard of the United States. The final saw Mercado lead after the kneeling and prone section, but a horrible first standing section effectively eliminated her from competition as she went on to finish sixth. Cuba’s Eglys de la Cruz initially took advantage, but it was Beard’s more consistent elimination round shooting that won her the gold medal with a score of 454.9. As Beard has already won a quota for her nation the two quotas were won by de la Cruz and bronze medalist Virginia Thrasher of the United States.
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 women’s trap.