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Shooter wins Finland's first gold in Beijing

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Shooter wins Finland's first gold in Beijing

    Satu Makela-Nummela surprised the field to win gold in women's trap shooting on Day 3 of the Beijing Games, capturing Finland's first gold medal.

    Ranked No. 25 in the world, the 37-year-old finished 28th at the 2007 world championships and was not considered a medal favourite heading to Beijing. Makela-Nummella was tied with Slovakia's Zuzana Stefecekova after the qualification round, but had a strong final round, finishing with 91 points compared to Stefecekova's 89.

    The bronze medal was an exciting contest, coming to a four-way shoot-off eventually won by American Corey Cogdell. She edged Japan's Yukie Nakayama, Daina Gudzineviciute of Lithuania and Kazakhstan's Elena Struchaeva in the shoot-off to win bronze.

    Cogdell is another surprise medallist in the event, having placed 50th at the 2007 world championships. She was ranked No. 23 in the world heading into the Games.

    Canadian shooting veteran and seven-time world champion Susan Nattrass failed to qualify for the final. The 57-year-old finished 11th overall.

    China's Liu Yingzi, the reigning world champion and world's No. 3-ranked shooter, also failed to make the final and finished in 12th position.

    Prior to the Games, Nattrass, who in 1976 became the first woman to shoot at the Olympics, told CBCsports.ca to expect surprises in women's trap shooting in Beijing.

    "That's the incredible thing about the Olympics and our sport," she said. "You can have someone who's a good shooter, but the Olympics brings out something in them that they become a phenomenal shooter."
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