Monday, August 11, 2008
Finland's Makela-Nummela wins women's trap
BEIJING -- Satu Makela-Nummela of Finland has won the gold medal in women's trap shooting, hitting 21 targets in the finals to set an Olympic record.
Makela-Nummela hit the first 11 targets of the finals Monday before missing two in a row. She got back on track after that, missing two shots the rest of the way. Makela-Nummela finished with a final score of 91.
Zuzana Stefecekova of Slovakia, who was tied for the lead with Makela-Nummela entering the finals, finished with 89 targets for the silver.
Four shooters qualified for a shoot-off for the bronze medal. Daina Gudzineviciute of Lithuania, Elena Struchaeva of Kazakhstan and Japan's Yukie Nakayama missed before American Corey Cogdell hit the target to nab third place.
Cogdell was the youngest shooter in the finals at 21 years old. She entered the finals one off the lead, struggled early but finished strong to force the shootout. It was a good performance from the Alaskan who finished 50th at the 2007 World Championships.