Shootout: Danka Bartekova of Slovakia Claims Shooting Third After Dramatic Finish in London


Shooting is one of the original sports of the modern summer games, which has grown from just three shooting events in 1896 to include 15 disciplines today.

This summer 390 athletes from more than 100 countries will participate in shooting events at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

One of the three major types of competitive shotgun target shooting disciplines is skeet shooting; an event in which shooters attempt to break clay disks flung into the air at high speeds from a variety of angles.

The women took to the range on day two of competition in London knowing that the competition would be tough. For the world record holder, Danka Bartekova of Slovakia, this couldn’t have been more true.

In addition to witnessing Kimberly Rhode of the U.S match her world record of four years standing, she found herself in a dramatic shootout fighting to break the tie for third place between her and Marina Belikova of Russia.

Ultimately, Danka would prevail and tally Slovakia’s first medal of the 2012 Summer Games.


Andrew De Lara


July 29, 2012