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Mum shooter Guo wins back-to-back Olympic gold

07-29-2012 23:34 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese shooter Guo Wenjun, who was back to training just four months after giving birth to a girl last year, staged a dramatic comeback to win her second straight Olympic title in the women's 10 air pistol event here on Sunday.

Guo won the qualifying round but was down to third place with two rounds left in the final. But the 2008 champion rebounded and got back to the top in the 10th and last shot of the final when then leader Celine Goberville of France faltered.

Guo took gold with a score of 488.1 points. Goberville and the Athens 2004 champion Olena Kostavych of Ukraine were tied for 486.6 points, but the Frenchwoman won a shoot-out for silver with 10.6 point against Kostevych's 9.7 point.

Guo scored 266 points in her first 27 shots and had the393-point qualification world record in sight. However, she delivered a string of 9s afterwards to end the qualifying round with 388 points.

The 28-year old met even bigger difficulty in the final. An "8" appeared on the screen after Guo's first shot, which dropped her to the third place.

"That was a big mistake," said Guo. "I knew that, but the result can't be changed, so I decided to go ahead."

"Every shot was important for me."

Luckily, Guo regained her form soon. She scored 10.8 points in the second shot, only 0.1 lower than the highest score, and returned to the contention for gold.

Guo stayed focused thereafter and pulled off four shots above 10 to stay ahead, but the 9.8 points in the eighth shot made her nervous again.

"Actually I was nervous throughout the match," said Guo. "I told myself to calm down and try to focus on every shot."

Guo was 0.5 point behind Goberville before the final shot, which Guo knocked down 10.8 points, while Goberville produced 8.8.

Guo, bagging the gold in the last minute, was over excited after the match. "I think I'm more excited than the last Olympics," said Guo.

Guo built her happy family after the 2008 Olympics, and then gave birth to her daughter in late 2011. With less than seven months to prepare for the London Games, Guo didn't see her babysitting work as a burden.

"I feel the happiness she brought to be all the time, and I've been always missing her," said Guo about her daughter.

"Her company was the most powerful engine for me during my preparation time for the Olympics."



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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