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Anna Korakaki again on Rio 2016 podium as she claims 25m Pistol Women gold for Greece

Anna Korakaki again on Rio 2016 podium as she claims 25m Pistol Women gold for Greece The 20-year old shooter won Greece’s first Rio 2016 Gold just two days after claiming the air pistol bronze medal. Monika Karsch of Germany finished in second, Switzerland’s Heidi Diethelm Gerber in third.

Greece’s Anna Korakaki, 20, claimed Gold at today’s 25m Pistol Women Final at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Deodoro, pocketing her second Olympic medal in three days, after the air pistol bronze she secured on the 7th of August. And as it stands now, she contributed to the 100% of Greece’s Rio 2016 medal tally.

“I can’t believe that I made it, this is great! I made several mistakes in the final, but luckily I was able to come back and climb up,” said the young athlete, who beat Germany’s Monika Karsch (33) in the Gold medal match by 8 to 6 points.

Korakaki finished atop of the semi-final scoreboard with 19 hits. During the medal match, she won the first six points, but then fired a series of bad shots, leaving to Karsh the next 6.

The 7th series was the turning point of the match: Korakaki zeroed in and bested Karsh, gaining the last two points to win the brightest medal with a final score of 8 to 6.

“Winning a Bronze two days ago helped me to cope with the pressure today. The air pistol match has been really stressful, today I came here to enjoy the day, and I was more relaxed,” commented the winner.

“My father got me into the sport. He is my coach as well as a competitive shooter. I am glad I won today as this pays off all the passion he put into the sport.”

“In 2011, we were at a the European Championship in Belgrade. We were competing together, in two different events at the same time. I made it to the medals, and my father rushed his shooting session to come and see me. He lost a quota place for London 2012, that day. He lost a spot in the Games by 0.1 points, just to come and see me winning a junior medal. I will never forget that.” […]

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