Bulgaria's Grozdeva Lands Gold in Athens

Sports | August 18, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00
Bulgaria's Grozdeva Lands Gold in Athens Bulgaria’s top shooter Maria Grozdeva won the Gold medal in the 25 m pistol in Athens. Photo by BNT

Bulgaria celebrated its first Gold medal in Athens Wednesday, after Maria Grozdeva emerged as winner in the women's 25 m pistol, defending her Olympic title.

Her 103.2 finals score is an Olympic record.

She defended her title with 688.2 score in total.

Czech Lenka Hykova took silver with 687.8 points, just 0.1 point ahead of Irada Ashumova of Azerbaijan.

This is Grozdeva's second medal at the Athens Olympics after winning a bronze medal in the women's 10m air pistol on Monday.

Maria Grozdeva carried the colors of the Bulgarian delegation at the official opening of the Olympic Games in Athens August 13. This was the first time that a woman bore Bulgaria's national flag at the Olympic Games.

Grozdeva became the most successful Bulgarian athlete at Olympic Games with five Olympic medals.

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