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Eller Finishes Fourth at Pan American Games

TORONTO (July 16, 2015)

Glenn Eller finished in fourth place in Men’s Double Trap today at the Pan American Games.

Eller, the 2011 Pan American Games champion and Pan Am Qualification and Finals-record holder qualified for the semifinal in first place with a score of 133 targets.

In the semifinal, Eller (Houston, Texas) tied for third with Enrique Brol Cardenas of Guatemala and Luiz Fernando Graca of Brazil with 26 targets. The three athletes would then go to a shootoff with Brol Cardenas and Eller advancing to the bronze-medal round 10 targets each to Graca’s nine.

In the bronze-medal match, Eller faltered early, dropping three targets in his first six pairs. Though he shot a straight none pairs the rest of the match, Eller was unable to recover from the deficit.  Enrique Brol Cardenas took the bronze medal, 29-26. Enrique’s brother, Hebert Brol Cardenas also of Guatemala, won the gold medal and Sergio Pinero of the Dominican Republic won silver.

Men’s Free Pistol and Prone Rifle start action tomorrow with 2012 Olympian Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana) taking the line once again, this time alongside three-time Olympian Jason Turner (Rochester, New York).  The U.S. has already secured one quota in this event when James Henderson (Midland, Georgia / U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) finished in fourth-place finish at World Cup USA.

The only athlete competing in this event who has already won an Olympic quota is Jorge Grau Portille of Cuba. More information on selection procedures and quotas for the 2016 Olympic Games can be found here.

Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wisconsin) and George Norton (Salina, Kansas) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will compete in Men’s Prone Rifle tomorrow afternoon as well. McPhail won two World Cup gold medals in Prone earlier this year.  Norton will also compete in the Men’s Three-Position Rifle event Sunday, where he will work to win a medal and the first U.S. quota for Three-Position Rifle. The U.S. has already secured the maximum number of quotas possible in Men’s Prone Rifle via McPhail’s win at World Cup USA and Matt Emmons’ (Browns Mills, New Jersey) gold-medal win at World Cup Changwon.

Men’s Free Pistol starts at 9:15 a.m. ET and Men’s Prone Rifle starts at 11:45 a.m. ET tomorrow. Follow along for live updates from the Pan American Games on facebook and twitter.  Start lists and results are also available on the Toronto 2015 website.

Categories: Press Releases, Pan American Games 2015
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