Canadian, U.S. and Mexican shooters earn Rio berths

Canadian, U.S. & Mexican shooters earn Rio berths

TORONTO (Reuters) – American Connor Davis, Mexico's Goretti Zumaya & Canada's Amanda Chudoba won the gold medal in their respective shooting events at the Pan American Games on Monday to earn automatic berths to next year's Rio Olympics.

Davis, 22, posted a Pan Am finals record 202.5 points to secure the gold in the men's 10m air rifle while Venezuela's Julio Iemma, 30, moreover earned a Rio berth by finishing second with 202.2 points.

Zumaya, 18, set a Pan Am finals record with a 204.8 point performance in the women's 10m air rifle. Argentina's Fernanda Russo, 15, earned 204.7 points to earn the silver medal & moreover punch her Rio ticket.

Chudoba, 25, edged American Kayle Browning in a shootoff after they both hit 11 of their targets in the final.

The events are among a handful of disciplines in 10 sports at the July 10-26 Pan Am Games offering athletes a chance to secure a spot in the Rio Olympics, which are scheduled for Aug. 5-21 next year.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue, editing by Gene Cherry)

Source: “Reuters”

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