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Greece’s Anna Korakaki Wins Gold Medal At Rio Olympics

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Updated: 20 December 2016
The Rio Olympic Games started strong for Greece, with Anna Korakaki winning the gold medal for her country in the women’s 25-meter pistol event.

Korakaki, who just turned 20, defeated German Monika Karsch with four wins out of seven. She is now the first Greek woman to win more than one medal in the same discipline, as she snatched the bronze medal for the women’s shooting 10-meter pistol event on Sunday. Gathering 177.7 points from her 20 shots, behind Russian athlete Vitalina Batsarashkina and Zhang Mengxue from China, winners of the silver and gold medals, respectively, she is making history as this bronze medal was Greece’s first medal in shooting since the 1920 Olympic Games held in Antwerp, Belgium.

Despite her young age, Korakaki is not a novice on the international sports scene. Indeed, she competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014, and though she didn’t win any medals, it seems she learned a great deal from this experience, quickly progressing as a top athlete.

Originally from Thessaloniki, Korakaki has been part of the national shooting team since 2010 and won the gold medal at the European Championship (2014) and the silver medal at the 2014 World Championship.

After defeating her opponent, the Olympian jumped in exhilaration and ran to embrace her coach, who is her father, after winning her second medal. Congratulations, Champion.