Mindy Miles hopes to make the U.S. Olympic Team in 2020.
She took a huge step toward that goal Saturday, when she secured the United States an Olympic quota spot in women’s air rifle by winning the competition at Championship of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico.
"It means a lot to be able to win a spot for my country," Miles said.
Miles won the competition with a score of 248.4, leading a 1-2 American finish. Alison Weisz earned silver with a score of 247.9.
"That was absolutely fantastic," Miles said of finishing on the podium with Weisz.
Sarah Beard also made the final and finished sixth.
Miles was one of two American shooters to secure quota spots for the U.S. at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Saturday. James Hall won the men’s air pistol to ensure an American shooter will compete in that event.
The U.S. has now earned six quotas for Tokyo: women’s air rifle, men’s air pistol, men’s three-position rifle, men’s skeet and two in women’s skeet.
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.