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Berg secured another Olympic place for the shooters


Synnøve Berg after she won EC gold in Hungary earlier this year. Photo: Norwegian Shooting Association / NTB

Of NTB | 16.04.2024 16:53:39

Sport: Berg was among four finalists in the qualification in Rio de Janeiro who could secure one of two quota places, as the other four finalists – including Jeanette Hegg Duestad – already had a quota place in the box.

It was an exciting final where Berg beat Duestad and went on to the round which would secure her at least 3rd place. She then again faced the French duo Oceanne Müller and Manon Herbulot.

Berg was knocked out before the last round, but 3rd place held as Müller had also secured a quota place earlier. Müller won ahead of Herbulot with 250.4 to 249.4 points. Duestad was number four.

– It was tough to shoot in the final and an important experience to take with you further. I had a lot of pulse along the way, and it was really hard, Berg said, according to the Norwegian Sports Shooting Association.

With the two quota places that Duestad and Berg have secured, the Norwegian places at the exercise have been filled on the women’s side. Norway has a total of five quota places in shooting for the Paris Olympics.

Berg (16) is a great shooting talent who in February secured a sensational Norwegian gold in the junior class in 10 meter air rifle at the EC in Hungary. It was Norway’s first EC gold in the exercise since 1999.

In the men’s final in Rio, 2nd place went to Jon-Hermann Hegg after a very even duel with the Serbian Lazar Kovacevic. Hegg led the final for a long time, but had to narrowly lose to Kovacevic at the end. The two finished with 249 and 248.9 points respectively.

Hegg had also secured a quota place from before, and he thus did not fight for an Olympic ticket in Tuesday’s final.

(© NTB)


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