Two more set of medals were awarded today in shooting at the 2019 Pan American Games; the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions and the men’s trap. 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 50m rifle 3 position was won by Timothy Sherry of the United States whom set a Pan American Games qualification record of 1181. This was 13 more points than second place Julio Cesar Iemma of Venezuela. The final saw Michael McPhail of the United States lead after the kneeling and prone sections, but a strong standing portion allowed Sherry to move ahead and maintain his lead over McPhail to win the gold medal with a total of 455.8. The Olympic quotas were won by bronze medalist Jose Luis Sanchez of Mexico and Argentina’s Alexis Eberhardt.
The men’s trap saw Mexico’s Jorge Orozco edge out Peru’s Alessandro de Souza by one hit in the qualification round, where he finished with a total of 123/125 targets hit. The final came down between compatriots Brian Burrows and Derek Haldeman of the United States with Burrows holding a one hit lead going into the final five shots. Haldeman missed two shots while Burrows went perfect to win gold. Both athletes qualified their nation to the Olympics and have become eligible to participate in the mixed team trap event. Brazil’s Roberto Schmits won the bronze medal.
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 continues tomorrow, but the next Olympic qualifier will be on Thursday with quotas awarded in the women’s 10m air rifle and men’s 25m rapid fire pistol.