Prior to this week, U.S. pistol shooter Alexis Lagan had never won a medal at an international event. That changed in a big way over the past few days at the Championship of the Americas.
Lagan began by the event in Guadalajara, Mexico, by taking home the silver medal in women’s 10-meter air pistol on Sunday. One day later, she joined Nick Mowrer in winning the air pistol mixed team event.
On Wednesday, the Boulder City, Nevada, native did one better. Her first-place finish in women’s sport pistol earned not just the win but also a quota spot for Team USA at Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The athlete who will fill that spot will be determined at a later date.
This is the fifth Olympic quota U.S. shooters have earned at the event and ninth total.
Lagan, 25, started strong in sport pistol by finishing third in the qualifying round with a score of 580. She was just three points behind Diana Durango Flores of Ecuador, who finished first in qualifying.
In the final, Lagan scored an event-record 29 as she battled with Laina Perez of Cuba throughout the round. Perez finished two points behind Lagan.
Sandra Uptagrafft was the only other American to qualify for the final. The 2012 Olympian finished third with a score of 23.