Team GB’s Coward-Holley wins bronze in men’s trap


reat Britain’s Matt Coward-Holley Matthew Coward Holley won bronze in the men’s trap final as Czech Republic’s Jiri Liptak won gold in a dramatic shootout.

Liptak beat countryman David Kostelecky in the sudden death decider, denying the 46-year-old a second Olympic title, 13 years after his first at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Coward Holley had qualified second for the final but was on the back foot after missing twice in the second round and ultimately did well to catch Jorge Martin Diaz to steal a medal, after the Mexican began the contest with 19 perfect shots in a row.

Kuwait’s Abdulrahman Al Faihan was first to be eliminated from the six-man final, followed by China’s Haicheng Yu and Diaz, leaving Coward Holley, Liptak and Kostelecky to battle for the medals.

Kostelecky had already seized the initiative, making 21 shots in a row to move three clear of his rivals but Coward Holley and Liptak were level pegging going into the medal rounds until the Brit missed his third shot to slip one behind.

Liptak’s better qualifying position meant he would have needed to miss both of his remaining shots in the round to open the door for the Brit but he was foot-perfect to guarantee himself a silver.

That looked the most likely outcome, with Kostelecky leading by three, but his form deserted him and the pair ended up level on 43 apiece after 50 shots, forcing a shoot-off, in which Liptak prevailed after seven extra shots.

Earlier, history had been made in the women’s competition as Alessandra Perilli won bronze to claim San Marino’s first ever Olympic medal. Slovakia’s Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova finally claimed her first Olympic title after winning silver in Beijing and London, with America’s Kayle Browning taking the silver.

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