Former Alaska Nanook Tim Sherry earned a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in the men’s 50-meter shooting event on Tuesday in Lima, Peru, after beating out U.S. teammate Michael McPhail by 1.9 points in the finals.

After being down 4.1 to McPhail after prone in the finals, Sherry’s first five-shot series brought him within 1.0. Sherry took a 1.0 advantage over his teammate after the next five-shot series in standing and built on the lead to secure gold.

Sherry was ranking first going into the finals, after shooting 1,181 in the qualifying round, 13 points ahead of the next competitor. His qualifying round score included 397 points from the kneeling position, nine points better than any of the other finalists.

Sherry competed for the Nanooks coed rifle team from 2012-16. In his four seasons at UAF, Sherry made three consecutive NCAA national championship appearances, was a nine-time All-American and won an individual national championship title in 2014 in smallbore.

Sherry competes today in the men’s 10-meter air rifle event and on Saturday in the mixed 10-meter air rifle event.

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