September 23, 2021

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Good news from Tokyo: Rehák Štefečeková won the qualification in a new world record!

Good news from Tokyo: Rehák Štefečeková won the qualification in a new world record!

Slovakian Zuzana Rehak Stevikova (37) won the qualification for the trap at the Tokyo Olympics with a new world record of 125 points.

I advanced from first place to the six-member final (7.30 CET).

Silver medalist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics in this discipline She didn’t make a mistake even on day two of qualifying at the Asaka Shooting Range, and as the first shootout in history, she made the most disqualification shot. It added 50 goals to 75 on Wednesday out of three in two elements on Thursday and surpassed the previous historic maximum in the playoffs, set by Finn Sato Makelaova-Nommel from 123 in March 2019.

“The training was really very good, but I didn’t want to admit it. I wasn’t expecting this at all. In the morning I told myself I was going to run to my opponents to make sure of the finals. Just like yesterday, I kept my cool and it worked, it wasn’t a record for me on the Launching, it was personally 122 targets. But I didn’t think of it because the last things are treacherous, but I look forward to it. I’ve been to finals again and again, and a new competition has started for me. But I’m in a good mood and I’m more than happy. I couldn’t have achieved more, but this is the past and the final is something new. I thank the fans, and I believe that they and other athletes will have support not only in good times, but also in bad times,” said the Slovak national team before the finals.

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Alessandra Periliova of San Marin finished second behind Slovakia in qualifying with 122 points, taking only Italian Silvana Stankova to third in a penalty shootout with Australia’s Leticia Scanlanova (both 121). Other Australians Penny Smith and Kyle Browning of the United States, both with 120 bullets, also made it to the Elite Six in the 26-member competition.

The 37-year-old Rehák Štefečeková is the two-time world champion from Munich 2010 and Changwon 2018 in a singles trap. At the World Championships held in the Korean resort, she also won the gold medal in the trap mix competition with Eric Farge, and together they also triumphed at the 2015 European Games in Baku. She has twice won the European Trap Championship singles title.

Women’s trap qualifiers:
1. Zuzana REHÁK ŠTEFEČEKOVÁ (SR) 125 – world and Olympic record, 2. Alessandra Perilliová (S.Maríno) 122, 3. Silvana Stancoová (ITA) 121 + 3, 4. Laetisha Scanlanová (Austr.) 121 + 2, 5 Penny Smith (Australia) 120 + 2, 6. Keel Browning (US) 120 + 1.