Rossi one shot from perfection
Italian policewoman Jessica Rossi was one shot from perfection yesterday as she won the Olympic women’s trap shooting gold with a world-record 99 out of 100 hits at London’s Royal Artillery Barracks.
Despite rain-swept conditions, the 20-year-old became the first shooter to hit a maximum 75 in qualifying, and only failed to set an unsurpassable world record by missing her 92nd shot.
“Unbelievable,” said Rossi’s coach, Albano Pera. “To score 24 in the final is very, very big and strong.”
Rossi said the win was extra-special as she comes from Ferrara, badly hit by a major earthquake in May. Her parents are still repairing their damaged house.
“You can’t get any happier than this. What I wanted was a medal, not a record,” she said.
“I am still competing in the junior categories so it was important for me to get this victory.”
And she revealed the secret behind her calm performance in the final – a timely catnap.
“I’ll be honest, I got a 20-minute nap before the final. It helped me stay calm and focused,” she said.
While there was little doubt about the gold medal, the remaining podium places were decided by a shoot-off when Slovakia’s Zuzana Stefecekova, France’s Delphine Reau and San Marino’s Alessandra Perilli all scored 93.
Stefecekova took silver for the second successive Games after finishing runner-up in Beijing, and France’s Delphine Reau claimed bronze.
San Marino’s Alessandra Perilli was the unlucky shooter to miss out on a medal and had to be content with fourth place.