Canada and the United States split the Olympic quotas offered today at the 2018 Shooting Championship of the Americas. The highest ranked eligible athlete in the women’s 10m air pistol and men’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 women’s 10m air pistol saw 2018 South American Games silver medalist Diana Durango top the field in the qualification round, finishing ahead of the 2015 Pan American Games champion Lynda Kiejko of Canada with a score of 574. The final however, was won by Kiejko whom held on to finish ahead of the United States’ Alexis Lagan. The bronze medal went to Duango.
The qualification round for the men’s 10m air rifle saw the defending Pan American champion, Dempster Christenson taking the top spot with a score of 626.7, over four points ahead of his compatriot and 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist Bryant Wallizer. Christenson would go on to lead all competitors during the elimination stage of the final to win gold and the Olympic quota. The silver and bronze medals were won by Lucas Kozeniesky of the United States and Argentina’s Alexis Eberhardt.
By winning a quota in the men’s 10m air rifle the United States will now be eligible to compete in the mixed 10m air rifle team event. 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 tomorrow with quotas being doled out in the men’s and women’s trap.
Men’s 10m Air Rifle
* United States
Women’s 10m Air Pistol