Thursday, August 14, 2008

Day 6 7AM Update: Archery Upset Gives China Gold

Whether its shooting arrows or bullets, the target competition is the news of this hour as rain continued to fall on Day 6. Here's some of the news from the wire services.

Korean Winning Streak Ends As Zhang Captures Archery Gold

By Peter Rutherford BEIJING, Aug 14 (Reuters) - China’s Zhang Juan Juan ended South Korea’s streak of winning every women’s Olympic archery gold medal since 1984 when she took the individual title on Thursday.

Zhang beat Park Sung-hyun, the Athens champion, in the final in front of a fired up home crowd, the third Korean she had defeated in the competition.

“The entire Chinese archery world heaved a sigh of relief,” Zhang, who won a silver medal in the team event on Sunday, told reporters. “Today I played perfectly. I was at my best.” South Korea’s Yun Ok-hee beat Kwon Un-sil of North Korea to win the bronze medal.

Italy’s Cainero tops American, German in shoot-off

BEIJING (AP)—Chiara Cainero of Italy won the gold medal in women’s skeet shooting Thursday, beating Kim Rhode of the U.S. and Christine Brinker of Germany in a shoot-off.

The three finished tied at 93 targets, and Cainero hit the first two targets of the shoot-off. Rhode and Brinker each missed one. The shoot-off continued to determine second place. Rhode ended up winning the silver, and Brinker took the bronze.

It rained throughout the competition, with the downpour intensifying near the end of the finals.

“Certainly the weather has influenced this competition,” Cainero said. “We had bad vision. If there is no sun it is very difficult to tell the color of (targets)—really not easy.”

Cainero said she has trained in heavy rain in the last two months and that helped her Thursday.

Cainero led after qualifying with a score of 72, but she hit only 21 of 25 targets in the final round, enabling Rhode and Brinker to catch up.

Rhode won gold in double trap in 1996 and 2004, but that event was eliminated for women before the Beijing Games. Forced to focus on skeet, she added another medal to her collection.

“After double trap was eliminated in 2004, I’m very happy just to be here at the Olympics and represent my country well,” she said.

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