(Greece) – Greek shooter Anna Korakaki won the gold medal in the women’s 25 meter pistol event at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is her second medal of the games and also the second medal for Greece in the whole Olympics. Korakaki won this competition just days after she paced third in the 10 meter air pistol event, which took place over the weekend. She is also the first woman to ever win an Olympic medal in shooting in Greece. This is the second medal for Greece in shooting since the 1920 Summer Olympic Games, which took place in Antwerp, Belgium.
Korakaki bested Monika Karsch from Germany and established a strong lead from the beginning of the competition. Both athletes are competing in their first Olympic games. The end result of the gold medal match was Korakaki with a score of 8 and Karsch with a score of 6, giving Korakaki first place and Karsch second place. Heidi Diethelm Gerber from Switzerland earned the bronze medal in the event. Diethelm beat the reining champion, Zhang Jingling, in the bronze medal match with a score of 8 – 4.
Anna Korakaki comes from Drama, Greece and she learned shooting from her father, Tasos, who is also her coach. She expressed an interest in learning how to shoot from a young age and has made it a goal to compete in the Olympics since she was little. Greece currently has 92 athletes competing in the games. They’ve had some successes with many more competitions to come. Korakaki has earned the first two medals of the Olympic Games for Greece. She isn’t scheduled to compete in any more Olympic events but she looks forward to competing in other international shooting events in the future. Currently, Korakaki is the only Greek athlete to have won two medals at the Rio Olympics.