US star takes gold in the first competition in Parapan American Games history
25 Aug 2019
McKenna Dahl made history by winning the first Parapan shooting gold
By NSLima2019 and APC
South America is a special place for US shooter McKenna Dahl. It was in Rio three years ago that she took her firs Paralympic medal. In Lima, Dahl won gold in the first shooting Para sport competition to take place at Parapan American Games.
The 23-year-old beat seven other shooters on Saturday to take gold in the mixed’s 10m air rifle stand SH2 with 251.2 points. Silver and bronze went to Brazil with Alexandre Galgani (250.2) and Bruno Kiefer (225.6), respectively.
"I'm really excited that I get a chance to represent the United States down here. This is the first gold medal of my shooting career so it's really exciting to see my progression before Tokyo [2020 Paralympic Games]," Dahl said.
Brazil had more reasons to celebrate in the other event of day one, the mixed 50m pistol SH1.
Geraldo Rosenthal took gold at the Las Palmas Shooting Range with 210.3 points. Marino Heredia of Cuba finished second with 202.6 and Brazil’s Adriano Sergio third (181.0).
“I feel really happy, it’s great that the sport now is part of the Games and is growing in the Americas. The competition was tough. Marino Heredia competed really well and the wind made things difficult sometimes, but I’m please with my performance,” Rosenthal said.
The four-day competition continues on Sunday with medals in the mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1 and mixed 25m sport pistol SH1.