Korakakis, 20, on Tuesday won Greece’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympics in the women’s 25 meter pistol competition against Germany’s Monika Karsch. She had already won the bronze medal in the women’s 10 meter air pistol event on Sunday. Her bronze medal was Greece’s first medal of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
“I can not describe it, I can not. I can not find words… I did not know that I am the first Greek woman to win two medals in the same Olympics”, an excited Korakakis told national broadcaster ERT after winning the gold medal.
“I hope these medals will be the trigger for other young Greeks to come to the shooting training facility so we can have more champions”, she added.
The last time a Greek athlete won two medals in the same Olympics was in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Then, athlete Konstantinos Tsiklitiras won two medals, in the standing high jump and standing long jump.