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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Sport-By-Sport Report : SHOOTING

Yugoslavia Gets Some Good News

July 25, 1996|From Times Wire Services

Aleksandra Ivosev, already the winner of a bronze medal, will return to strife-torn Yugoslavia with a gold one after winning the 50-meter three-position rifle.

"I'm very proud that I've proven to the world that despite the conditions in our country, sport people from Yugoslavia can succeed," said Ivosev, who finished with an Olympic record score of 686.1.

Ivosev, third in air rifle on Saturday, broke the record of 684.3, set by American Launi Meili at Barcelona in 1992. She also won the first Yugoslavian medals in the Games.

Irina Gerasimenok of Russia, took the silver and Renata Mauer of Poland won the bronze.

Elizabeth Bourland of Wichita Falls, Texas, finished seventh in the finals. Jean Foster of Bozeman, Mont., was 12th in the preliminaries and did not qualify for the finals.

In three-position, the athletes fire .22 caliber rifles at targets 50 meters away. The bull's-eye on the target is 20.4 millimeters in diameter--smaller than a dime.

Meanwhile, Australia, which went 96 years without a gold medal in shooting, picked up its second in four days when Russell Mark won the men's double trap. Michael Diamond won the trap event Saturday.

Mark finished with a score of 189 to win the first gold medal in the new double trap event. With the competitors firing two shotgun rounds at four-inch clay targets, Mark didn't miss until his 20th shot in the 25-shot finals.

Albano Pera of Italy won the silver by defeating Zhang Bing of China in a shootoff. Park Chul-Sung of South Korea also entered the shootoff but was the first to be eliminated.

David Alcoriza of Lodi, Calif., finished in a three-way tie for the sixth and final qualifying spot to the finals, but he also was eliminated in a shootoff.

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MEDALISTS / Shooting

MEN'S DOUBLE TRAP

Gold: Russell Mark, Australia

Silver: Albano Pera, Italy

Bronze: Zhang Bing, China

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WOMEN'S 50 METER RIFLE

Gold: Aleksandra Ivosev, Yugoslavia

Silver: Irina Gerasimenok, Russia

Bronze: Renata Mauer, Poland

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