The 12th Championship of the Americas games in Guadalajara, Mexico has wrapped with the U.S. delivering an impressive showing. In all, the USA Shooting Team grabbed a number of individual and team medals as well as importantly securing a dozen Olympic quotas for U.S. athletes for various shooting sports events in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan
The trio of Keith Sanderson, Jackson Leverett III, and Alex Chichkov earned a team gold medal for their combined score in the Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol.
In Men’s Skeet, two-time Olympian Frank Thompson of Alliance, Nebraska shot an impressive 174 out of 175 clays, earning the gold.
Glenn Eller of Katy, Texas, serving with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, won bronze in Men’s Trap. Eller, along with fellow Americans Grayson Davey and Jake Wallace, would earn the team silver in the event.
In the Air Pistol Mixed Team event, Americans Nick Mowrer and Alexis Lagan won gold while Sandra Uptagrafft and James Hall won silver.
James Hall of Anniston, Alabama, also went on to win gold in Men’s Air Pistol.
Boulder City, Nevada’s Alexis Lagan won the gold– her first in an international game– for the Women’s 25m Sport Pistol event while 2012 Olympian Sandra Uptagrafft, of Phenix City, brought the bronze.
Army 2nd Lt. Sarah Beard, Danville, Indiana, took home the individual gold won gold in both the Women’s Three-Position Rifle event as well as the Women’s 50m Prone Rifle event while Hannah Black of Richmond, Virginia picked up the bronze in the latter. Together with Murray, Kentucky’s Mackensie Martin, they secured the team gold in the 50m Prone Rifle as well.
2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky picked up the bronze in the Men’s 50m Prone Rifle.
George Norton of Salina, Kansas earned gold in Men’s Three-Position Rifle while his teammate Patrick Sunderman of Farmington, Minnesota won the silver medal. Both are members of the U.S. Army’s Army Marksmanship Unit.
The event, recognized by the ISSF since 1973 as the Continental Confederation for the Shooting Sports for North and South America, saw 364 athletes from 24 countries attend the games at Guadalajara’s Club Cinegetico Jalisciense.
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