Four nations were able to grab quotas today at the 2018 Shooting Championship of the Americas. The two highest ranked eligible athletes in the men’s and women’s trap 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 women’s trap saw defending champion Ashley Carroll of the United States set a new Pan American qualification record. She hit 121/125 targets during her run. This was three more than her compatriot Aeriel Skinner whom finished second overall in the qualification round. The final saw the third United States’ competitor, 2015 Pan American Games silver medalist Kayle Browning holding the lead for the entire competition to win gold and a quota place for her nation. The second quota place was won by silver medalist and 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games bronze medalist Adriana Ruano of Guatemala. The bronze medal was won by Carroll.
The United States’ Walton Eller has appeared to have made a successful transition to men’s trap from the now non-Olympic event, double trap where he won the 2008 Olympic gold medal. He was able to top the field with a score of 124. Second place in the qualification round was 2018 South American Games silver medalist Alessandro de Souza of Peru whom finished with 122 hits. The final however came down to de Souza and Mexico’s Jorge Orozco as both athletes won quotas for their nations. A perfect final 10 shots gave de Souza the gold medal over Orozco while the bronze medal was won by Eller.
For other athletes, they 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 Wednesday with quotas being doled out in the women’s 25m pistol.