The first quotas were awarded today at the 2018 Shooting Championship of the Americas. The highest ranked eligible athlete in the men’s 10m air pistol and women’s 10m air rifle 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 for the men’s 10m air pistol saw Nickolaus Mowrer of the United States top the field with a score of 577, edging out his compatriot James Hall whom finished with a score of 574. The final had Hall start off well and continued strongly on route to winning the event and the Olympic quota place. The closest a competitor got was Guatemala’s Jose Castillo, but a poor fifth round of the elimination stage essentially relegated him to silver position. Third place as won by Brazil’s Philipe Neves.
The women’s 10m air rifle was similarly topped by athletes from the United States with the nation finishing in three of the top four spots. It was Alison Weisz whom finished first, edging out her compatriot Sarah Beard 627.0 to 626.1. The final came down to the last series of shots between Weisz and her compatriot Minden Miles where the latter scored a massive 21.4 points to overtake Weisz and win the title and quota place. The bronze medal went to Argentina’s Fernanda Russo.
Athletes will still have many opportunities to qualify in these events at several World Cup events and at the Pan American Games. Qualification for other shooting events continues tomorrow with quotas being doled out in women’s 10m air pistol and men’s 10m air rifle.
Men’s 10m Air Pistol
* United States
Women’s 10m Air Rifle
* United States