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07.08.2016

Rio 2016: 10m Air Pistol Women and Trap Women events preview

XXXI Olympic Games · Rio de Janeiro, BRA

Guo Wenjun could write her name in the history books of the sport by winning her third Olympic gold in a single event in three different Games, at the women’s 10m air pistol match. Italy’s Jessica Rossi will defend the 2012 title from Lebanon’s Bassil in the following women’s Trap final.

GUO Wenjun (CHN) can become the first competitor to win a single shooting event in three Olympic Games in a row, today, as the 10m air pistol women and the Trap women finals will be contested at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Deodoro.

 

GUO is the current Olympic champion in the women's 10m air pistol, having won back-to-back titles in Beijing and London. She is currently ranked third in the world, having won this year’s first ISSF World Cup in Bangkok (THA).

 

2004 Olympic Champion and London 2012 bronze medalist Olena KOSTEVYCH (UKR) is the current world ranking leader, and is listed among the favorites for today’s event, along with Serbia’s Zorana ARUNOVIC and Bulgaria’s Antoaneta BONEVA. Nino SALUKVADZE (GEO) is a former silver and bronze medalist in the 10m air pistol and is competing in her eighth Olympic Games. She first competed in the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988.

 

At the following Trap Women event, London 2012 Olympic Champion Jessica ROSSI of Italy will try to defend her title against some of the strongest shotgun shooters of the world. ROSSI did not

 

Lebanon’s Ray BASSIL is top ranked in the world and is confident going into the competition. Between 2013 and 2016, she participated in 10 ISSF international events, making it into four finals, and collecting 3 medals, including a gold. If BASSIL can win a gold medal today, it would be the first for Lebanon in any sport at the Olympic Games. In total, 17 nations make up the 21 athletes competing for gold in the women's trap.

Marco Dalla Dea