Golden Zuzana hits nearly anything that moves

Learn more about trap shooter Zuzana Rehák Štefečeková, who won her first Olympic gold in Tokyo.

Zuzana Rehák Štefečeková won Slovakia's first medal at 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.Zuzana Rehák Štefečeková won Slovakia's first medal at 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. (Source: TASR)

When she saw the flying target turn into dust within a split second, she knew she had won.

Zuzana Rehák Štefečeková comes from Nitra and she hits (nearly) anything that moves. On Thursday morning, she won her first Olympic gold in Tokyo. The 37-year-old trap shooter won the qualifier round with a world-record-breaking result and advanced to the final where she hit 43 targets to achieve the success of her life.

"I am full of immense joy. I am very happy about my gold, but also about having proved to myself that I can shoot a final," she said after the final for the public-service broadcaster RTVS.

Tokyo is her third Olympics. She has won Olympic medals before - silver at the 2008 Beijing games and the 2012 London games. In Japan, she will vie for another medal in the mixed team trap with her teammate Erik Varga.

Rehák Štefečeková is a woman with a clear head and heart. The first makes her an excellent athlete, the latter makes her an excellent person. "Zuzka seeks the positive in everything and she can give herself to others. Once they start cloning people, she should be first in line and peace in the world would be secured," her friend and fellow shooter Jana Špotáková said about her years ago.

During her studies, she switched from tourism to social work. She was preparing for a mission in Africa, which she did not do in the end, but adopted a girl and a boy through a distance adoption programme.

Tennis? Volleyball? Shooting it is

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

News digest: Number of cases double in a week, state of emergency not ruled out

Meteorologists issued warnings against intense rainfall for the southern and western districts of Slovakia. There will be regular flights from two Russian cities to Bratislava.


13 h

Connecting families with neurodiverse or differently-abled children

Parents and children from Bratislava, Vienna and surroundings are invited.


21 h
Iranian comedian Nastaran "Nasi" Alaghmandan Motlagh is one of the faces of the fjúžn festival, which will kick off in Bratislava on September 16, 2021.

Iranian comedian: I tried to be Slovak. It was a move in the wrong direction

In addition to reciting Sohrab Sepehri, stand-up comedian Nastaran "Nasi" Alaghmandan Motlagh speaks about the fjúžn festival and the period in her life when her family left Iran and moved to Slovakia.


14. sep
Skryť Close ad