James Hall locked down a gold medal and an Olympic quota spot for his country Saturday at the Championship of the Americas.
Hall, a 2016 national bronze medalist, won the men’s 10-meter air pistol in Guadalajara, Mexico, clinching a spot in that event for an American shooter at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Hall’s is the fifth quota spot earned by a U.S. shooter. The first four were claimed at the ISSF World Championship in September.
Quota spots secure a nation’s place to compete at the Olympic Games in the event but do not secure a specific athlete’s place on the team; that is decided later according to USA Shooting’s selection procedures.
Hall won the final with a score of 240.9, capturing first place by more than three points over Jose Pablo Castillo Aguilar of Guatemala.
2012 Olympian Nick Mowrer of the U.S. placed fifth with a score of 174.0.
The Championship of the Americas, which also is a qualifier for the 2019 Pan American Games, continues through Nov. 10.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.