Pistol shooter Heidi Diethelm Gerber spoiled her Olympic debut in Tokyo. The woman from Thurgau is only 28 years old.
In her third and final appearance at the Summer Games, Heidi Diethelm Gerber wanted to attack once again in full. In the weakest discipline air pistol m 10 this project failed.
The 52-year-old was apparently in 28th place out of a total of 53 participants in the playoffs. Although my increase only got 569 points, my decrease was 577 points. In principle, the Eastern Swiss women’s skins swam away after the first six finishes, when 10 shots resulted in only 91 points.
The air pistol is a massive game for me from the ground up.
If she wanted to interfere in the battle for medals, a top 8 rating would have been necessary. However, this requirement was unattainable due to a false start. “I am not someone who just gives up. That is not my nature,” Diethelm Gerber analyzed. “I imagined the beginning differently. But the air pistol is a massive game for me from the ground up.”
The gold medal in the 10m air pistol was won by Russia’s Yetalina Bazarashkina, who competed under a neutral flag, ahead of Bulgaria’s Antoinita Kostadinova. The best in qualifying, Jiang Rankin (China), took the bronze.
There is a second chance
Thus, the largest athlete in the Swiss delegation of 116 people could not ride the wave of success in Swiss Shooting. The day before, top scorer Nina Kristen had caused a sensation with the impressive bronze win and won the first Swiss Olympic medal in Tokyo.
Diethelm Gerber himself had performed in Rio on behalf of the Swiss team 5 years ago and broke the spell on the fourth day of competition with the Bronze Award. Now the Al Ittihad coach assigned to the Japanese capital has to count on her second chance.
On Thursday, the competition will start with the sport pistol at a distance of 25 metres. Olympic star Diethelm Gerber soared into this category in 2016. One can only hope that Monday night’s 10-meter competition is just a warm-up — and then running on the spot. Your attitude is helpful: “I will check this competition, then you will start again from scratch.”
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