Slovak athlete Danka Barteková has come in eighth in women’s skeet. Italian Chiara Cainer won with 93 points and set a new Olympic record in the first round by scoring 72 points. American Kimberly Rhode (93) came in second and German Christine Brinkerov (93) took third place after a tense final round, which started with all three athletes having the same number of points.
Weather caused problems for Slovak kayakers. “Due to heavy rain the organisers postponed the canoe double finals and semi-finals, as well as the kayak-single category’s finals until August 15,” Ľubomír Souček, the press attaché of the Slovak Olympic Committee, told The Slovak Spectator. “After the successes of brothers Peter and Pavol Hochschorner and Elena Kaliská in the qualifications on August 13, the semi-finals and finals were on the programme. But only the semi-finals in double canoe took place. The brothers finished second.”
“This complicates the lives of athletes as well as their coaches,” said Souček. “They not only need to warm up again for another day of competition, but they also have to solve organisational issues as they had planned on leaving Beijing on Friday.”
Souček added that this was an unusual situation as neither Kaliská, competing in the kayak-single category, nor the twin brothers and Martikán, have ever experienced a rain postponement in a water slalom competition.
Nor were the results from August 14’s competition very hopeful. “Danka Barteková did not advance to the finals in skeet,” Souček told The Slovak Spectator. “Wrestler Atilla Bátky dropped out in the first round as well as judoka Zoltán Pálkovács. And shooter Daniela Pešková ended 22nd.” TASR, TSS
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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