The day after Slovak shooter Danka Barteková won Slovakia's first medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the women's skeet competition, her teammate Jozef Gonci did not do nearly as well at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Monday, July 30. Gonci, 38, who already won two bronze Olympic medals in his career, didn't qualify among the final eight in his main discipline - the men's 10m air rifle. The oldest member of the team and Slovakia's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony scored 591, ending 31st.
"I began well, but I became nervous in the middle on the third shot. That was a slip, I thought that those shots were all right, but they were nines, in fact. I'm glad that, at least, I ended the contest with a hundred [the maximum]. I wanted to go beyond 590 points, which I managed to do. I didn't expect I could cause a big upset here in London," said Gonci for the TASR newswire when describing his feelings at scoring 99-98-96-99-99-100. "I shoot 96 maybe once a year ... It's so bad, and it didn't have to happen to me just at the Olympics. It's a pity, because one point means a jump of 5-7 positions," he said. Gonci also complained about a lack of concentration and difficulty sleeping before the big day. In addition, he criticised the spectators for failing to observe decent rules of behaviour.
Slovakia's women athletes had few reasons to celebrate on Monday as well. Swimmer Katarína Listopadová did not get through the 200m individual medley heats, and Katarína Filová failed in the 200m freestyle. Both ended in 28th position. Filová started off well and was first at the first flip, but before the last lap she slowed down and ended in fifth place.
"Katka [Filová] was a bit stressed, but she did well," the coach of both swimmers Gabriel Baran told the TASR newswire. Another discipline still awaits her - the women's 100m freestyle.
Slovak badminton player Monika Fašungová said goodbye to the Olympics by losing for the second time in the women's singles on Monday against Australian player Victoria Na, scoring 12:21, 18:21. She'd already been defeated on Sunday by Singapore's Gu Juan. Gymnast Monika Homolová experienced the biggest defeat, however, finishing in last – 57th place.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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31. Jul 2012 at 10:00