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Australian Balogh wins women's trap

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 17:06

Australian Balogh wins women's trap

Australia's Suzanne Balogh won the Olympic women's trap shooting after battling shifting winds on a mountain-top range outside Athens.

Inspired by a former coach who once said she was "too old and too talentless", Balogh dominated both the final and qualifying rounds despite turbulent winds that sometimes sent the clay pigeons leaping or sinking in unpredictable directions.

"I haven't been shooting well all year and I was hoping we'd have some rain and wind to bring the field back to me," said Balogh, 31. "I'm happy shooting in any weather as long as it's bright."

Maria Quintanal of Spain won the silver medal with 84 points and Lee Bo-na took the bronze medal with 83, narrowly beating 17-year-old American high school student Whitly Loper who was fourth.

Balogh had led after the qualifying round, hitting on 66 of a possible 75 as powerful gusts that knocked over tables and blew down banners at the Markopoulo shooting range kept down scores. She followed with 22 of 25 in the final for a total score of 88.

"A trainer once said I was too old and too talentless," said Balogh, who declined to name the man. "That inspired me."

Filed by James Boylan

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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