A FINAL shot in Athens secured Slovakia's top shooter, Jozef Gönci, another Olympic bronze, this time in the men's 10-metre air rifle, the news wire TASR wrote.
"I had my mind under control, as there was a lot of pressure on the final shot," Gönci said.
"As I loaded my rifle, I thought 'this is going to be the best shot of my life'. Then I heard all the applause," Gönci told media after he scored 10.4 against 9.4 by Korea's Cheon Min-ho.
Gönci is expected to improve his medal count in the 50-metre rifle prone on August 20, and wrap up his Athens campaign in his top discipline, three-position 50-metre rifle, on August 22.
In swimming, Martina Moravcová failed to qualify for the 200-metre freestyle final, in which she was defending a silver medal from Sydney 2000, finishing seventh in her second semi-final in 1 minute, 59.99 seconds.
"I did not feel well after the butterfly final and I could not sleep. Although I started in second place, I gradually lost power and I had no energy to do anything about it," Moravcová said after the semi-final.
Moravcová, who has won Slovakia's Best Athlete of the Year award multiple times, will still have a chance to improve her Athens performance in the 50-metre and 100-metre freestyle.
The country's number one tennis player, Dominik Hrbatý, confirmed his good shape this year, beating Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. In the second round of the tournament he will meet Taylor Dent of the United States.
Also on Tuesday, canoeist Michal Martikan will start his white-water slalom campaign to improve his second place at Sydney 2000 and repeat his Olympic gold from Atlanta.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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17. Aug 2004 at 10:04