SHOOTER ALESSANDRO DE SOUZA WAS CLOSE TO THE PODIUM
Peruvian Alessandro De Souza placed fourth in trap event after an incredible performance. US athletes reached the podium.
The day started off well at Las Palmas Shooting Range, but Peruvian athletes did not reach the podium. Alessandro De Souza placed second in the qualifying trap event with 122 targets hit out of 125 attempts, but he did not reach the podium just because of a failed attempt.
The Peruvian athlete already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games could not reach the podium, but every shot was effusively celebrated. Brian Burrows from the USA won the gold, his fellow countryman Derek Haldeman won the silver, and Roberto Schmits from Brazil won the bronze medal.
“I apologize to the Peruvian audience for not winning the gold medal. What we experienced today in Las Palmas is something we’ve never seen in Peruvian shooting. I hope this is a starting point for this sport to improve. I almost reached the podium because I made a mark that qualifies you to any world event,” said De Souza.
Anyway, De Souza still has a chance tomorrow at 09:00 in the mixed trap event with Daniela Pacheco.
Shooting at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games includes 12 single events, equally divided in six women’s and six men's events, as well as three mixed double events. There will be precision events (pistol and rifle), as well as shotgun events (skeet and trap) that will be held from July 27 to August 3.