Day three Pan American Games

The Women’s 3P final got underway on the penultimate day of the Pan American Games. The sunshine had returned and the temperature was in the mid to high 20s with again very little wind, meaning the conditions were conducive to good scoring.

The eight making it through to the final of the Women’s 3P were De La Cruz (CUB) – 584, Ramirez (ESA) – 581, Mendez (VEN) – 573, Furrer (USA) – 572, Martinez (MEX) – 572, Black (USA) – 571, Mercado (PUR) – 571 and Fournel (ARG) – 569.


The format for the 3P final was three strings of five shots in the kneeling position, followed by another three strings of five shots in the prone position, before the standing position with just two strings of five shots when the first two athletes are eliminated, followed by an elimination after every single shot until we have our Gold medal winner.

After the kneeling was finished Cuba’s Eglys De La Cruz was in possession of the Gold medal position with a 15 shot aggregate of 151.5. She was followed by Hannah Black from the USA on 149.6 and Alexis Martinez from Mexico with 149.4. There was then a seven minute change over including sighters before the prone section of the final began. The next three strings saw De La Cruz consolidate her lead, ending this part of the final with 303.9 - 2.3 points ahead of the Silver position at this stage held by the USA’s Amanda Furrer on 301.6, and Martinez in the Bronze medal position a further 1.4 points back on 300.2. It was now time for the final stage of standing, a tougher discipline and one that can often yield some big changes on the leaderboard.

The athletes now had nine minutes to change over including preparation time. We were set for an exciting finish with just two strings of five shots before we lost our first two athletes. In danger at this point was Fournel in 8th spot and Ramirez in 7th.

The next two strings saw a big swing with previous Bronze placed Martinez become the first athlete to be eliminated in 8th place. Ramirez left the competition at the same time in 7th place. With six athletes left in the competition we moved to the business end with an elimination after each shot.

At this point it was still De La Cruz holding the Gold medal position with a 3.3 point lead over Silver placed Mercado. After an incredible two strings of standing Fournel had climbed into the Bronze position from 8th, having been in danger of elimination only 10 shots prior.

The next two shots saw Furrer from the USA exit in 6th place quickly followed by her teammate Black who took 5th place. The next shot saw Venezuela’s Mendez go out of the competition in 4th place, leaving the all-important medal positions to be decided. De La Cruz now held a commanding lead of 6.0 points and was looking unlikely to let it go, but Fournel had continued her fight back and now was in the Silver medal position followed by Mercado in Bronze.

It was indeed to stay this way, as Cuba’s Eglys De La Cruz duly took the Gold medal, followed by Amelia Fournel from Argentina with Silver, and Peru’s Yarimar Mercado-Martinez took the Bronze medal.

84% of the Women’s 3P competitors trusted ELEY ammunition and with just the Men’s 3P to come 12 out of the 15 medals so far have gone to ELEY shooters.