In the second day of shooting events at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Conn.) broke away from the competition with 396 match points equaling a Pan American record set by fellow competitor Eglys Cruz from Cuba. Cruz entered the Women’s 10m Air Rifle final with 394 points in second place, but was ineligible for the much-desired quota as she had already won her quota at the 2010 CAT Games. With that, Caruso had a three point gap between herself and the rest of the competition. Teammate Meghann K. Morrill (Boerne, Texas) shot 391 points to enter the final in the fifth position.
Halfway through the final, Caruso fired a 9.6 point shot that drew a negative reaction from the crowd. “I was mad, I was the only person they booed-they cheered for other 9s and 8s. I think I proved them [the crowd] wrong on the next shot with a 10.9.” She claimed the gold and second Women’s 10m Air Rifle quota with 101.8 points in the final for a new final Pan American record. “It always feels good to win, and it was a fight until the end. It’s a huge relief to win this quota and I’m really happy that we are now able to send a full team this quad,” said Caruso. Morrill shot her way up one position in the final to finish fourth overall with 492.6 total points. The silver medalist was Eglys Cruz from Cuba with 497.3 total points and Rosa Pena of Mexico finished with the bronze at 494.7 total points.