The final quotas were allocated today at the 2018 Shooting Championship of the Americas. The highest ranked eligible athlete in the men’s 50m rifle, 3 positions, men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, men’s skeet and women’s skeet qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Shooting Championship of the Americas is currently being held in Guadalajara, Mexico from November 1st to November 11th 2018.
The qualification round of the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions ended in a 1164 point tie, but with more inner 10 shots Mexico’s Jose Luis Sanchez finished ahead of Argentina’s Alexis Eberhardt whom earlier won the bronze medal in the men’s 10m air rifle. The final was however, topped by athletes from the United States as a very strong standing round gave the 2015 Pan American Games silver medalist George Norton an 8.3 point victory over his compatriot Patrick Sunderman. Argentina’s Juan Diego Angeloni won the bronze medal.
The men’s 25m rapid fire pistol qualification round was topped by the defending silver medalists, Keith Sanderson whom finished with a score of 584, three more than the defending champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Leuris Pupo of Cuba. Pupo would however, successfully defend his title and win an Olympic quota for his nation, though not without coming back from being down to as low as fifth place at one point and surviving a shoot-off. The silver and bronze medals were won by the 2018 South American Games champion Emerson Duarte of Brazil and Sanderson respectively.
The qualification round of the women’s skeet was topped by the Untied States’ Kimberly Rhode and her compatriot Amber English, the 2018 World Championship silver and bronze medalists respectively whom finished tied after hitting 121 targets each. The ensuing shoot-off gave English the 18-17 victory. The final again came down to these two women with English again taking top honours over Rhode. The Olympic quota however, was allocated to bronze medalist Francisca Crovetto of Chile as both English and Rhode have already qualified a quota for their nation.
The final event, the men’s skeet saw Frank Thompson of the United States topping the field with a near perfect 124/125 successful hits during the qualification phase. Thompson would continue his great performance, equalling the Pan American final record with an again near perfect 59/60 score. The silver and bronze medals were won by Argentina’s Federico Gil and Chile’s Jorge Atalah respectively.
In total, seven nations won at least one quota, but it was the United States whom had by far the best performance, winning 8/14 available quotas at this championship. For other athletes, they will still have many opportunities to qualify to the Olympics at several World Cup events and at the Pan American Games.
Men’s 50m Rifle, 3 Positions
* United States
Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
* United States