Nino Salukvadze makes history as first woman to compete in nine straight Olympic Games

Minsk 2019 European Games: mixed team 50m pistol finals
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This weekend, Nino Salukvadze surpassed eight-time Olympians Lesley Thompson-Willie (Canada) and Kerstin Palm (Sweden) to become the only woman in Olympic history to compete in nine Olympic Games. In eight Olympic Games the 52-year-old sports shooter has earned three medals

  • 1988 Olympic Games, Gold- 10 meter Air Pistol for the Soviet Union (URS)
  • 1988 Olympic Games, Silver – 25 meter Sporting Pistol event for the Soviet Union (URS)
  • 2008 Olympic Games, Bronze – 10 meter Air Pistol for Georgia (GEO)

Nino and her son Tsotne Machavariani represented Georgia at the 2016 Rio Olympics, marking the first time a mother and son competed in the same Olympic Games. The mother-son duo won the Minsk 2019 European Games and hoped to one day stand on an Olympic podium together. Machavariani will not compete in Tokyo. 

Women’s Shooting Schedule

  • Saturday, July 24 – Women’s 10m Air Pistol – 5:00 pm local time
  • Sunday, July 25 – Women’s Skeet Qualifications

The full Olympic shooting can be found here.

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