Preview, schedule and athletes to watch in the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifier for the Americas from Peru

Shooting stars from the Americas will try to get one of 12 Paris 2024 Games places offered in Lima, Peru, at the 2022 XIII CAT Championships.

Expect a high level of competition at the event, which takes place every four years, including shooters who have recently competed in the International Sports Federation (ISSF) Rifle/Pistol World Championships, and World Shotgun Championships, which were also Olympic qualifying events.

The 13th Confederacion Americana de Tiro (CAT) Championships features competition at Pistol, rifle, skeet and trap. Qualification places in Paris are available in all individual disciplines, as well as continental titles in individual, team and mixed events, and places for the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago.

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When and where are the XIII CAT Championships Lima 2022 taking place?

The XIII CAT Championships are held at Las Palmas Shooting Range in Lima, Peru.

This 2022 edition officially begins on Friday November 4, 2022, but the first final action will take place on Sunday November 6. The contest is due to end on Sunday, November 13.

Below is the full schedule, including information on the Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifying Finals.

READ MORE: How to qualify for Paris 2024 in shooting – The Olympic qualification system explained.

Who to watch at the XIII CAT Championships Lima 2022

Expect USA to impress in Shotgun events. The United States finished third in the final medal table at the September 2022 World Trap and Skeet Championships, with 4 gold medals and 9 medals overall. They also impressed at the World Rifle and Pistol Championships in October, winning a total of 10 medals, the most of any nation in the Americas.

Canada is a two-time Olympian Lynda Kiejko in their pistol team, and include three skeet shooters who competed in the recent 2022 World Championships – Trysten Curran-Routledge, Richard McBrideand Charles Fisher – more Greg Sych which impressed at rifle worlds.

Further information on the shooters participating in the XIII CAT Championships Lima 2022 will be added once the official entry lists are confirmed in due course.

Calendar of qualifying finals for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games of the XIII CAT Championships Lima 2022

There are 12 Olympic quota places for Paris 2024 on offer at the XIII CAT Championships Lima 2022. One place is available in each of the 12 individual disciplines:

  • Men’s 10m Air Rifle (AR) – The final will take place on Tuesday 8 November 2022.
  • 10m air rifle (AR) women – The final will take place on Tuesday 8 November 2022.
  • 10m Air Pistol (AP) men – The final will take place on Sunday November 6, 2022.
  • 10m Air Pistol (AP) Women – The final will take place on Sunday 6 November 2022.
  • Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions (R3P) – Final on Friday, November 11, 2022.
  • 50m Rifle 3 Positions (R3P) men – Final on Friday, November 11, 2022.
  • Women’s 25m Pistol Standard (SP) – Final on Wednesday 9 November 2022.
  • 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (RFP) men – Final on Saturday 12 November 2022.
  • Shotgun – Trap Women – Final on Saturday November 12, 2022.
  • Shotgun – Trap Men – Final on Saturday, November 12, 2022.
  • Shotgun – Women’s Skeet – The final is Monday, November 7, 2022.
  • Shotgun – Skeet Men – Final scheduled for Monday, November 7 (TBC)

The gold medalist in each event will secure a place for their NOC to send an athlete to the next Olympic Games in that discipline.

These direct quota places are allocated to the athlete’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) rather than the athlete in question.

The event is also an important step in the qualification process for athletes who are unable to win gold and secure a direct qualification spot. The results of these competitions will also serve as a shooter’s Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) towards qualifying for the 2024 Games.

The top 15 finalists in each discipline will reserve a spot at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023, with a maximum of 2 qualifiers per country per discipline.

All schedules are subject to change. The full program is available on the ISSF website here.

The event follows the ISSF Shotgun World Championships 2022 in Osijek where Olympic places were awarded in skeet and trap shooting, as well as the ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Championships Cairo 2022 where quota places for Paris 2024 were also available. All the details and highlights of the replay are here.

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How to watch the XIII CAT Championships 2022 shooting competitions and Paris 2024 qualifying finals

Action from all championships will be televised via the organizer’s broadcast partners, with clips also available via the ISSF’s streaming and YouTube channels.

Full coverage of the Paris 2024 qualifying events will be available on Olympics.com and the official Olympics apps for mobile devices and connected TVs, with replays and highlights available. Territorial restrictions may apply.

Naomi C. Amerson