IBERO-AMERICAN SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIPS TO START TOMORROW AT LAS PALMAS SHOOTING RANGE
This venue, which was built for the Pan American and Parapan American Games, will receive the athletes under the same conditions offered at Lima 2019.
Las Palmas Shooting Range in Surco, one of the new venues delivered for Lima 2019 shooting and Para shooting events, will be the stage for the 6th Ibero-American Shotgun Championship in the skeet and trap categories, with the participation of around 40 shooters from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Brazil, as well as national representatives.
Official trainings started today, Thursday 19, while the official competition will take place between Friday 20 and Sunday 22 at the modern infrastructure that Lima 2019 left as legacy. The competition is organized by the Peruvian Shooting Federation (FDNTP).
In this Ibero-American event, the Peruvian team will have Lima 2019 medalist Nicolás Pacheco, as well as Alesandro de Souza, Asier Cilloniz, Marco Matellini and Flavio Artoni, among the most important national shooters.
Nicolás Pacheco, who has already qualified for Tokyo 2020, knows that this event will help him to achieve his goal of making it to the Olympic Games in the best possible way. “This is a top-level championship. For example, Juan Ramón Schaeffer from Guatemala, who finished second at Lima 2019, will participate. I'd also like to invite everyone who couldn't see me at the Pan American Games to come and cheer me on.”
The Guatemalan Valeska Soto, who finished fourth and set the record for Tokyo 2020 at Lima 2019, will also participate in this tournament and praised the facilities of the Las Palmas Shooting Range. “Preparation includes gaining experience, and this will be a great opportunity to do so thanks to its top-level courts, which will be key for our preparation for Tokyo 2020. We just have to make the most of them.”
Octavio Ramos comes from Mexico and seeks to improve his marks. “The location is amazing; the best in Latin America. For example, the contrast given by the background allows for a complete vision throughout the trajectory, which enables better results.”
At age 15, the Chilean Beatriz Montory will make her first international appearance and is enthusiastic about this experience. “This is my first experience in skeet shooting and will helped me achieve my biggest dream of making it to the 2024 Olympics. It’s also a court with perfect vision, so we’ll never lose sight of the skeet,” remarked the young athlete who said that when she enters the court “it’s just the shotgun, the skeet and me; it is a very exquisite feeling.”
This is a free event. On Friday will be the qualifying stage and Saturday the finals.