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Martina Guns Down Silver Medal
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Senior Manager, Strategic Communications
Posted: 19 August 2014
Photo: Singapore National Olympic Council
Martina Lindsay P Veloso finished second in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event on 19 August 2014 to become the first Singaporean to medal at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
"I am absolutely thrilled. I can only compete in one edition of the YOG because I will outgrow the age cap in four years. I won't have a second chance, so this is a once in a lifetime experience and achievement,” said the Secondary 3 student-athlete, in a post-event interview.
Martina opened fire with a 105.1 during qualification and followed it up with a 104.2, 104.3 and 102.1 to finish fourth (415.7) behind Sarah Hornung (416.4) from Switzerland, Najmeh Khedmati (416.3) from Iran and Julia Budde (416.1) from Germany. The other qualifiers represented Serbia, China, Mongolia and Croatia.
At the 11 am final, Swiss girl Sarah led from start to finish and completed her 20 shots with 207.8 points. Martina finished with 207.2; only a marginal 0.6 points stood between her score and that of the gold medallist. The German shooter, Julia, completed the podium finish with 186.3 points.
“The gold medallist… She really deserved it. I’m just glad that I did my best. I’m very happy. I can’t find any more words to describe how I feel right now.
“I know many Singaporeans had pinned their hopes on me to win a medal, so I felt some pressure. Throughout the competition, and all other competitions, my coach would remind me, ‘One shot, one kill.’ So I gave 100 per cent to every shot. I’m glad she’s with me.
“This YOG medal is so important to me and Singapore. I hope that it will inspire all young athletes in Singapore that we can make it if we try, and motivate more youths to take up competitive sport. I thank everyone who has believed in me and supported me – the SNOC, SSA, the Sports School, my coach, my family and friends.
“I will celebrate today. Maybe tomorrow, too. Then it's back to the drawing board to prepare for the next competition."
Photo: Singapore National Olympic Council