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Americans Take Silver and Bronze In Trap Shooting

July 22, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ After five years of training together, Josh Lakatos and Lance Bade of the United States found themselves in a sudden death shootoff for the silver medal in trap shooting.

Lakatos prevailed, but the good friends said they didn’t care what color medal they wore.

``I could just as easily have flipped a coin for it,″ Lakatos said.

Australian Michael Diamond won the gold Sunday with an Olympic record performance. That gave Australia its first gold medal of these games and its first in shooting since Donald Macintosh’s in 1900 in Paris.

Diamond, a 24-year-old liquor store clerk from Goulburn, came within one shot of a perfect score _ hitting 149 of 150 targets through six rounds of competition.

Lakatos, of Pasadena, Calif., won the silver after he and Bade tied for second with 147. It took 28 shots in the shootoff before Bade, of Ridgefield, Wash., missed the 4-inch clay target.

They traded high-fives and hugs.

``It made it a lot easier,″ Lakatos said of his friendship with Bade.

``He’s helped me a lot and I think I’ve been good for him,″ Bade said.

Diamond’s only miss came in the second qualifying round on Saturday. After hitting all 50 of his targets in the final two rounds of qualifying Sunday, the thought of ending Australia’s medal drought in the event became his constant companion.

``It dawned on me that it was up all up to me,″ Diamond said. ``I’d shot the scores at home and I thought, `if I can just come up on this day, then I’ll be laughing.‴

Lakatos missed on his first target in the final round of 25 shots, then hit the next 52 _ including the 28 shots in the shootoff _ to edge Bade.

Olga Klochneva, a soon-to-be lieutenant in the Russian Army, won the gold medal in women’s 10-meter air pistol Sunday, beating teammate and defending Olympic champion Marina Logvinenko.

Logvinenko, a three-time Olympian who won two gold medals in Barcelona in 1992 and a bronze in 1988 in Seoul, took the silver by outscoring Bulgaria’s Mariya Grozdeva in another shootoff.

Klochneva, 28, set an Olympic record with a score of 490.1.