Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 07:54 GMT, Sunday, 10 August 2008 08:54 UK

Olympic shooters appeal for peace

Cannot play media. Sorry, this media is not available in your territory.

Video - Georgia and Russia embrace on podium

Russian and Georgian medallists pleaded for peace as they shared an Olympic podium for the first time since the conflict between their countries.

Russia's Natalia Paderina won silver and Nino Salukvadze of Georgia bronze in the women's 10m air pistol event.

They finished behind China's Guo Wenjun, who took the hosts' third gold.

"This medal is good for Georgia, especially during times like this," Salukvadze said after sharing an emotional embrace with her rival.

The competitors - who were once team-mates in the former Soviet Union - hugged and kissed each other on the cheeks after the dramatic final in the Beijing shooting range hall.

"I am very nervous today. It's very difficult for my people," said the Georgian.

BBC OLYMPICS BLOG
James Munro on a poignant Olympic moment
"If the world were to draw any lessons from what I did there would never be any wars.

"We live in the 21st Century, after all," she said, wiping tears from her eyes as she put her pistol down after her final shot of the event.

"We shouldn't really stoop so low to wage wars against each other."

Hundreds are reported dead and thousands have been made homeless as a result of the conflict which escalated last week in the enclave of South Ossetia.

The Georgian government has decided to keep its 35-member team at the Olympics in the "best interest of the country", but Salukvadze admitted she was not sure if she would be taking part in the final.

"It was nice that Natalia Paderina came up to me after and gave me a handshake. Yesterday I thought the Georgian Olympic team might withdraw.

"It's a small victory for my people," she said, looking at Paderina and adding: "When it comes to sports we will always remain friends and nothing will effect our friendship - even in such a scary event as shooting."

Silver medal winner Paderina said: "We are friends indeed. We've been shooting together for a long time. She used to shoot for (the Soviet Union).

"We are really friends and don't get mixed up in political things. Sports is not politics."

China's gold completed a double for the hosts in the event, as Guo's title added to Pang Wei's victory in the men's 10m air pistol on Saturday.


Shooting medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forChina 5 2 1 8
Men's 10m Air Pistol 1 0 0
Men's 10m Air Rifle 1 1 0
Men's 50m Pistol 0 1 0
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 1 0 0
Men's Double Trap 0 0 1
Women's 10m Air Pistol 1 0 0
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forUSA 2 2 2 6
Men's 10m Air Pistol 0 0 1
Men's 50m Rifle Prone 0 1 0
Men's Double Trap 1 0 0
Men's Skeet 1 0 0
Women's Skeet 0 1 0
Women's Trap 0 0 1
3 also show each event results forCzech Republic 2 1 0 3
Men's Trap 1 0 0
Women's 10m Air Rifle 1 0 0
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forUkraine 2 1 0 3
Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol 1 0 0
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 1 0
Men's 50m Rifle Prone 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forItaly 1 2 0 3
Men's Double Trap 0 1 0
Men's Trap 0 1 0
Women's Skeet 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forSouth Korea 1 1 0 2
Men's 10m Air Pistol 0 1 0
Men's 50m Pistol 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forFinland 1 0 1 2
Men's 10m Air Rifle 0 0 1
Women's Trap 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forIndia 1 0 0 1
Men's 10m Air Rifle 1 0 0
9 also show each event results forRussia 0 2 2 4
Men's 50m Pistol 0 0 1
Men's Trap 0 0 1
Women's 10m Air Pistol 0 1 0
Women's 10m Air Rifle 0 1 0
10 also show each event results forGermany 0 1 3 4
Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol 0 1 1
Women's 25m Pistol 0 0 1
Women's Skeet 0 0 1
11 also show each event results forMongolia 0 1 0 1
Women's 25m Pistol 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forNorway 0 1 0 1
Men's Skeet 0 1 0
13 also show each event results forSlovakia 0 1 0 1
Women's Trap 0 1 0
14 also show each event results forAustralia 0 0 1 1
Men's 50m Rifle Prone 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forCroatia 0 0 1 1
Women's 10m Air Rifle 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forCuba 0 0 1 1
Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forFrance 0 0 1 1
Men's Skeet 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forGeorgia 0 0 1 1
Women's 10m Air Pistol 0 0 1
19 also show each event results forSlovenia 0 0 1 1
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 0 0 1

see also
Pang takes pistol gold for China
09 Aug 08 |  Shooting
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics


related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.