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Sarah Beard’s Second Championship Of The Americas Win Earns 10th Olympic Shooting Spot For Team USA

By Ryan Williamson | Nov. 09, 2018, 3:40 p.m. (ET)

Sarah Beard practices sport shooting at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Two days after winning the gold medal in women’s 50-meter prone rifle at the Championship of the Americas, American shooter Sarah Beard added to her medal haul on Friday and earned an Olympic quota spot for Team USA.

Beard, a Danville, Indiana, native, won gold in three-position rifle on Friday. The win also secures Team USA a quota spot in the event for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The athlete who will fill that spot will be determined at a later date.

This is the sixth Olympic quota U.S. shooters have earned at Championship of the Americas and 10th overall.

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Beard, 27, was atop the leaderboard from the beginning. She opened the qualifying round with the top score of 1176. That finish meant she would be one of eight participants in the final.

In the final, Beard continued to stay on top and posted a 450.8 to win the gold medal.

Beard is the daughter of 1984 Olympian Bill Beard. Now a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she was a four-time All-American at Texas Christian University and led the program to a 48-3 record in her time there. Beard earned an air pistol Olympic quota for the U.S. for the 2016 Olympics, though has yet to make an Olympic team herself.

The younger Beard was among three Americans to qualify for the final. Mackenzie Martin finished fourth while Rachel Garner finished fifth.

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