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China, Czech gain second shooting gold
18:41, August 10, 2008

Good luck continues for the Czech Republic and the hosting country China at the shooting range on Sunday.

Both countries got their second gold with big advantages and set Olympic Record.

In women's 10-meter air pistol event, Chinese 24-year-old girl Guo Wenjun improved the 12-year-old Olympic Record by 2.2 points to 492.3.

Ranked second among eight finalists with 390 points, she was one-point behind Russian shooter Natalia Paderina, who bettered the Olympic qualification record one and a half hour ago.

In the first shot, both shooters scored 10.0 point.

But Paderina, 33, seemed to be out of gear in the second shot and just collected 8.5 point, two points lower than her Chinese rival.

The following shots saw Guo keeping her momentum to maintain the leading position, whereas Paderina lost her sharpness and scored her final four shots below 10.

When she finished her last shot, Wang Yifu, head coach of the Chinese shooting squad, waved his fist in ecstasy.

The smiling Chinese girl waved to spectators after the final, while excited people cheered and cried out her name.

"I am satisfied with my qualification score," she said. Her score actually equaled the previous Olympic record.

Talking about her final performance, Guo said that she didn't think too much, even when she scored a 9.4 point in the seventh shot.

"I am mentally prepared for bad shots," she disclosed.

Edged to the second, Paderina said "Guo shot better than me."

In comparison, competition for Czech shooter David Kostelecky seemed more difficult, as the outdoor shooting range was soaked by heavy rain in the afternoon.

However, the 33-year-old impressed audiences by downing all 25 birds in the final of men's trap, setting Olympic Record for the discipline, of which rules were just changed.

In the qualification round, the silver medalist at 2006 World Cup Final shared the same leading score of 121 hits with Russian Alexey Alipov.

When the latter seemed not in the form since beginning of the final, Kostelecky held his nerves to catch each of the target. His wonderful performance aroused applauses from people.

After the competition, the Czech lay down in the rain and wiped his tears.

"It was hard to tell how I felt then. I just need relax," he said.

The shooter, who was an international trade major and started shooting at the age of 15, believed the rain brought him good luck. "My pressure was gone," he said.

The first shooting gold medal was nailed down by Czech beauty Katerina Emmons, who broke Olympic Record on Saturday.

Later, Chinese debutant Pang Wei presented his country a gold in men's 10-meter air pistol.

Monday will see competitions in men's 10-meter air rifle and women's trap. May luck of the two countries continue.

Source: Xinhua

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