Surprise Swedish silver

Sweden won a surprise silver in Friday’s team rifle event. “I am incredibly pleased that I managed to keep up my standard at the end and help us win the silver,” said Anna Normann, who was one of the Swedish girls who shot in the final round.

Sweden’s silver girls, left to right: Christina Bengtsson, Anna Normann and Linda Olofsson. Photo: Stefan Bokvist, PIC WMSC 2008.

The Swedish girls were evidently in good form, and at the beginning of the competition week, the Swedes came fourth in the team event 60 shots prone.
Linda Olofsson kicked off with an excellent 574 points. Christina Bengtsson followed up with 575 points and with Sweden in the lead going into the last phase, Anna Normann managed to keep her nerves under control and make the silver Swedish.

“It’s fantastic, I’m proud of the girls’ achievement,” said Sweden’s team leader Mats Eriksson after the contest.

With the silver medal, the Swedish team has shown it can beat prominent nations such as the favourites Germany. The Germans took bronze a point behind Sweden.
“It feels great that we could beat the Germans. Now we’re turning our minds to the events on the final day,” a very content Christina Bengtsson ended.