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Kayle Browning's First International Win Gives U.S. A Women’s Trap Olympic Spot

By Ryan Williamson | Nov. 05, 2018, 10:39 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Silver medalist Adriana Ruano Oliva of Guatemala, gold medalist Kayle Browning and bronze medalist Ashley Carroll pose on the women's trap podium at Championship of the Americas on Nov. 5, 2018 in Guadalajara, Mexico.


After Corey Cogdell-Unrein won the bronze medal in women’s trap shooting at the Olympic Games 2016 Rio, the U.S. will officially have a shot at another medal in the event at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Kayle Browning won the event Monday at the Championship of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico, thus earning the U.S. a quota spot for Tokyo. The athlete who will fill that quota spot will be selected later.

Browning was one of three Americans competing in the women’s trap final in Guadalajara, along with Ashley Carroll and Aeriel Skinner, who finished third and fourth, respectively. Adriana Ruano Oliva of Guatemala finished second to give her country the other quota spot.

The women’s trap quota is Team USA’s eighth for shooting events in Tokyo.

The win was Browning’s first win on the international stage. The Wooster, Arkansas, native won by hitting 45 of 50 targets in the final.

Browning reached the final thanks to a fourth-place finish in the qualification round.

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A pair of quota spots on the men’s side were also up for grabs on Monday. However, Team USA fell just short of picking up its first quota spot in this event since the 2008 Games. More opportunities remain. Glenn Eller was the lone American to make Monday’s final and finished third after scoring 33.

Eller is one of the most decorated shooters in recent U.S. history. He’s a five-time Olympian in double trap and took home a gold medal at the 2008 Games.

Ryan Williamson is a sportswriter from Minneapolis-St. Paul. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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