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Three tiebreakers neede to establish final standings

8/15/2004

ATHENS, Greece -- Olena Kostevych of Ukraine won the gold
medal in women's 10-meter air pistol Sunday, needing a shoot-off to
beat Jasna Sekaric of Serbia-Montenegro in the final.

After 10 shots in the final round, and 40 shots in the
qualifying round, Kostevych and Sekaric were tied at 483.3, setting
the stage for a one-shot tiebreaker.

Kostevych shot a 10.2 to Sekaric's 9.4 to win the gold.

Before they could fire the deciding shots, however, two other
tiebreakers were needed for lower positions. Natalia Paderina of
Russia shot a 10 to move into fifth position ahead of Munkhbayar
Dorjsuren of Germany, who shot a 9.3.

Then, in the bronze-medal shoot-off, Bulgaria's Maria Grozdeva
shot a 10.4, while China's Ren Jie shot a 9.7. They had been tied
at 482.3, one full point behind Kostevych and Sekaric.

Rebecca Snyder of Grand Junction, Colo., was the top American,
finishing tied 16th in the qualifying round. Libby Callahan of
Upper Marlboro, Md., who at age 52 is the oldest U.S. athlete
competing in Athens, was 30th.

Only the top eight after the qualifying round advance to the
final.