Day two Pan American Games 2015

The competition continued in Canada at the Pan American Games 2015, as the Men’s 50m Pistol and Men’s Prone events got underway. The forecast for the day was a little cooler than it had been earlier in the week with the chance of showers, but with very little wind a good scoring day was on the cards.

In the 50m Men’s Pistol the competitors to make it through to the Final were: Knijnenburg (Bol), Grau (Cub), Mowrer (USA), Yamamoto (Bra), Peralta (Col), Yaunner (Cub), Carrillo-Zevallos (Per) and Almeida (Bra). This final started with two strings of three shots before moving to two shot strings. After the first of the two shot strings the first competitor is eliminated, then it is an elimination every two shots until we have our Gold medal winner.

After the two three shot strings, the medal positions were held by Mowrer in Gold position followed by Yaunner and Almeida respectively, although the nature of 50m Pistol means movement at the top is frequent. Onto the two shot strings and first to be eliminated was Perallta from Columbia with an eight shot aggregate of 70.0. Next to go was Yamamoto from Brazil with a 10 shot total of 89.8. At this point the medal positions were now occupied by Almeida on 97.6, Yauller with 95.5 and Carrillo Zevallos on 95.2. Knijnenburg from Bolivia then took sixth place followed by Nick Mowrer from the USA in fifth place. The all-important seventh string followed to decide fourth place, making the difference between going home with a medal or empty handed.

It was Cuba’s Yaunner who was eliminated with a 16 shot total of 148.2. That signified the final four shots of the match to decide the three medal positions. At this point Gold was with Almeida on 152.2, just 0.2 ahead of Carrillo Zevallos in Silver medal position with 152.0, and Grau a further 2.2 points behind on 149.8.

Grau managed to leapfrog Carrillo Zevallos into second place leaving the Peruvian with the Bronze medal. So Gold and Silver to play for with just 0.4 separating them - Grau on 169.4 and Almeida on 169.8. Almeida at this point had led the final for some time with a consistent performance, and managed to consolidate this lead in the final two shots to take the Gold with Grau taking Silver.

The afternoon saw the Men’s 50m Prone Final in front of a sell-out crowd. This event in the smallbore shooting world gives a similar feeling to the Men’s 100m Sprint in Track and Field and always draws a lot of interest. Just like Wednesday’s 25m Women’s Pistol final we had an excitable crowd who were rooting for a home medal with two Canadian athletes making it through to the final eight.

The finalists were: Vargas (Ven), Sanchez (Mex), Heck (Brazil), Dion (Can), Velarte (Arg), Stewart (Can), McPhail (USA) and Rippel (Bra).

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The format for the final is the same as the 50m Pistol, with two strings of three shots followed by two shot strings then an elimination after each two shots. First to leave the competition was Mexico’s Sanchez with an eight shot score of 78.4. At this point the Brazilian Rippel was in the lead with 83.3 followed by the Canadian Dion with 82.5 and the USA’s Mike McPhail with 82.3.

Next to be eliminated and taking seventh position was Vargas from Venezuela followed two shots later by Canada’s Stewart in sixth and the Brazilian Heck in fifth. At this point we had Cassio Rippel still in the lead on 146.7, McPhail on 144.8, Dion on 143.6 and Velarte on 142.7. The Argentinian Velarte took fourth spot, finishing the final on 162.9 for the 16 shots. Just the medal spots were now left to be decided. Holding the lead throughout the final from the first three shot string was Rippel on a 16 shot aggregate of 167.4, followed by McPhail on 165.2 and the Canadian Dion with 164.0. With the next two shots Rippel stretched his lead from 2.2 points to 2.6 points over McPhail, as Dion left the competition with the Bronze medal to a huge roar of approval from the home crowd who had witnessed yet another Canadian medal.

The 2.6 point lead by Rippel was to ultimately enough to secure the Gold medal for the Brazilian with a final total of 207.7, and the USA’s Mike McPhail took Silver with 205.5.

It was another fascinating day’s shooting and again a fantastic one for ELEY ammunition, with 85% of competitors using ELEY in the 50m Pistol and all eight finalists meaning a clean sweep of medals. In the 50m Prone competition it was 90% of competitors trusting ELEY, and again all eight finalists and another clean sweep. ELEY ammunition has been used for 11 out of the 12 medals so far!