ΤΟ 1992 ΣΤΟΥΣ ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΟΥΣ ΑΓΩΝΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΒΑΡΚΕΛΩΝΗΣ ΑΠΟΦΑΣΙΣΤΗΚΕ ΔΟΚΙΜΑΣΤΙΚΑ ΣΤΟ ΣΚΗΤ ΓΙΑ ΜΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΜΟΝΑΔΙΚΗ ΦΟΡΑ ΝΑ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΑΣΧΟΥΝ ΜΑΖΙ ΜΕ ΤΟΥΣ ΑΝΔΡΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΕΞΙ (6) ΓΥΝΑΙΚΕΣ. ΦΥΣΙΚΑ ΚΑΝΕΝΑΣ ΔΕΝ ΗΞΕΡΕ ΤΙ ΘΑ ΣΥΜΒΕΙ ΟΤΙ ΜΙΑ ΚΙΝΕΖΑ ΘΑ ΕΓΡΑΦΕ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ..........
Shan Zhang – China - International Skeet
Whilst other competitors may have more medals, Shan Zhang in 1992 did something that no
other shooter on earth can claim. She won the Olympic Games against men.
In 1992 the Barcelona Olympic Skeet event was an “open” competition. As a token gesture the
International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) together with the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) allowed a total of six females to compete. It was a complicated procedure as to how the half
dozen females were selected, but in the end, with all due respect, nobody seriously thought any of
the six would be a medal contender.
Zhang shot a perfect 200 straight over the three days of competition to lead going into the final
against her five male competitors. After the first three stations Shan had surrendered her lead and
had dropped out of medal contention, but one by one she caught back up and took the lead back
again after Matt Dryke from the USA missed on station 6. She ended with a total of 223/225.
Despite contrary belief the ISSF had decided prior to the 1992 Olympics that this would be the
last occasion that women would be given the “token” gesture of competing with the men and as of
1996 there would be no female trap or skeet shooters at all. Zhang’s result no doubt caused the ISSF
and the IOC much embarrassment.
Zhang was also the Female World Champion in 1989 and twice a World Cup Gold Medallist.
These days Shan still competes, but has diversified into a television presenter and an
Her 1992 victory remains one of the greatest accomplishments in Olympic history.
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