Frank Thompson (center) poses for a photo at Championship of the Americas on Nov. 10, 2018 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
American shooters locked down two more Olympic quota spots Saturday.
Two-time Olympian Frank Thompson secured a quota spot in men’s skeet with his win in the Championship of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico, and George Norton won a quota spot for the U.S. in men’s 50-meter three-position rifle. The athletes who will fill those spots will be determined at a later time.
The U.S. now has two spots in men’s skeet – the maximum for one country – for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Thompson and Norton’s wins locked down the seventh and eighth Olympic quota spots won by U.S. shooters in the Championship of the Americas. The quota spot total stands at 12.
While quota spots were secured, Thompson and Norton still have to clinch their own spots on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team in the team trials leading up to Tokyo.
Norton led a one-two U.S. finish in three-position rifle. He scored 450.8 points to win the eight-man finals and Patrick Sunderman was runner-up with 442.5 points. Lucas Kozeniesky of the U.S. finished fourth.
Thompson won the men’s skeet finals with a score of 59. Philip Jungman finished fourth.
Amber English and Kim Rhode finished one-two in women’s skeet, but the U.S. had already clinched two Olympic quota spots at the world championships.
Keith Sanderson, a two-time Olympian, won a bronze medal in men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol.
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.