Shooting: United States Adds Two More Golds in Men’s 10m Air Rifle and Women’s Skeet

The United States continued its strong performance in shooting at the 2019 Pan American Games by winning gold medals in the men’s 10m air rifle and the women’s skeet. Additionally, 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.

The qualification round of the men’s 10m air rifle was topped by Mexico’s Edson Ramirez whom finished with a score of 625.7. This was three points higher than Milton Camacho of Ecuador. For the majority of the final Lucas Kozeniesky of the United States led, but was challenged by Ramirez late into the elimination round. Kozeniesky was the more consistent shooter, winning gold with a score of 248.2, 0.8 points more than Ramirez. The bronze medal was won by Argentina’s Marcelo Gutierrez. By qualifying a shooter, the United States is now eligible to compete in the mixed team event.

The women’s skeet saw defending Pan American Games champion Kimberley Rhode of the United States lead all athletes after the qualification round, hitting 119/125 targets and finishing with one more successful hit than Mexico’s Gabriela Rodriguez. Rhode successfully defended her title by hitting 55/60 targets on route to the gold medal. The silver and bronze medals were won by Chile’s Francisca Crovetto and Dania Vizzi of the United States respectively. The two Olympic quotas were won by Argentina’s Melisa Gil and Rodriguez whom finished fourth and fifth respectively.

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 concludes tomorrow with quotas being awarded in the men’s skeet and women’s 25m pistol.

Qualified Nations

Men’s 10m Air Rifle
* Mexico
* United States

Women’s Skeet
* Argentina
* Mexico

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