NICOLÁS PACHECO WINS NEW MEDAL FOR PERU
The Peruvian shooter won the bronze medal in skeet after a tough competition and is the eighth Peruvian to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
He had all the pressure on him. He needed to hit four targets to win a medal, but nothing stopped Nicolás Pacheco. The Peruvian shooter was encouraged by thousands at Las Palmas Air Base, as he passed the shoot-out stage and climbed to the third step of the podium in the skeet event.
After the elimination stage, Pacheco gave a good performance that allowed him to get into the top three of the competition. Although he achieved 42 shoots like the Guatemalan Juan Shaeffer (silver medal), Pacheco was penalized by the judges in the tiebreaker since he had finished sixth in the overall qualification ranking. Christian Elliott from USA landed the gold medal.
Even though Pacheco did not finish among the first two to obtain the direct qualification to Tokyo 2020, he reached the quota place because the United States already had one in advance. Nicolás joins his teammate, Marko Carrillo, who already qualified for the Olympic Games next year; the marathon runner Christian Pacheco; the race walkers Mary Luz Andia and Kimberly García; the shooter Alessandro de Souza; the cyclist Royner Navarro; and the sailor Stefano Peschiera.
With this, Peru has obtained 15 medals so far at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.