COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 12, 2019)
Xiao Gong on the opening day of the Planet Shooting Para Sport Championships
Xiao Gong (Malibu, Calif.) and Taylor Farmer (Castalia, Ohio) each secured Paralympic Games quota slots for the United States in the course of the opening day of the 2019 Planet Shooting Para Sport Championships in Sydney, Australia.
Xiao, who performs with In Kim and is a item of the Bridge Junior Shooting Club, fired an impressive 564 in the mixed 25-meter sport pistol, which placed him eighth just after qualification and sophisticated him into the final best eight. Producing his debut in an international final, Xiao discovered himself in a field that incorporated the reigning globe and Paralympic champion Huang Xing of China. He began the final robust with a 3-hit series but would at some point be eliminated in eighth spot. Most importantly, Xiao earned the U.S. its 1st pistol quota slot for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Also competing for Group USA in the mixed 25m sport pistol have been Mike Tagliapietra (Fond du Lac, Wis.) who shot a qualifying score of 552 for 27th spot, Marco De La Rosa (Chicago, Ill.) who completed 30th with a score of 550, and Tricia Downing (Denver, Colo.) who shot 543 for 39th spot.
Ukraine’s Oleksii Denysiuk captured the gold medal in the mixed 25m sport pistol competitors, with Serbia’s Zivko Papaz winning the silver and Xing taking house the bronze.
Farmer led 3 American athletes in the mixed air rifle prone competitors. She was the higher U.S. finisher in 19th spot with a total of 630.1. Her functionality secured a female quota spot for the U.S. for the 2020 Paralympic Games, bringing the total quota count for this Paralympic cycle to 3 for Group USA.
Kevin Nguyen (Columbus, Ga.) shot a 626. to spot 52nd and Len Esparza (Cupertino, Calif.) was 61st with a total score of 622.. Wonderful Britain’s Matt Skelhon won the gold medal ahead of Australia’s Anton Zappelli and China’s Yan Yaping.
Competitors at the Planet Shooting Para Sport Championships in Sydney continues Sunday with the mixed standing 10m air rifle featuring Americans McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Wash.) and Jazmin Almlie (Houston, Texas).
Reside coverage and replays can be discovered at https://www.paralympic.org/sydney-2019.