COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (August 3, 2019)
The 2020 vision USA Shooting is seeking was set in motion with an ultra-successful 2019 Pan American Games as shooting competition concluded Saturday in Lima, Peru. But, not before Team USA earned another three medals and an additional Olympic quota.
The week-long competition provided plenty of podium moments for the Team that has the organizational goal to #RaiseTheFlag ahead of Tokyo 2020. The U.S. flag was raised 20 times in Lima by members of the U.S. Shooting Team with 10 gold medals, eight silver medals and two bronze medals. The U.S. finished first and second in five events.
Seeking 10 Olympic Quotas, this Team earned seven just missing out on opportunities in Women’s Air Pistol (2) and Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol (1). Despite that, some big goals were achieved, none more important than the two Olympic quotas earned by gold medalist Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, California) and silver medalist Derek Haldeman (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Sunbury, Ohio) in Men’s Trap. They’re ultimate triumph brought to an end a streak that had seen no U.S. competitor at the Olympic Games in this event since the 2008 Olympic Games.
U.S. Shotgun and Rifle Teams have secured all available Quotas for Tokyo 2020 as the Pan Am Games conclude and just one additional competition to earn those Quotas remains. The U.S. Pistol Team will be seeking to fulfill those Quota opportunities coming at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 26-September 3.
Quotas earned by Team USA in Lima includes:
- Ginny Thrasher (Springfield, Virginia) – Three-Position Rifle
- Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana) – Air Pistol
- Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) – Sport Pistol
- Brian Burrows (Fallbrook, California) & Derek Haldeman