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  Georgian mother and son out to make history

Georgian mother and son out to make history

AFP
Published : Jul 24, 2016, 12:40 am IST
Updated : Jul 24, 2016, 12:40 am IST

The Rio Olympics will be the eighth Games for Georgian shooter Nino Salukvadze, but it will be the first time when she will be joined by a very special team mate — her own son.

The Rio Olympics will be the eighth Games for Georgian shooter Nino Salukvadze, but it will be the first time when she will be joined by a very special team mate — her own son.

It is believed to be the first such case in Olympic history when a mother and her son will compete side by side.

“I am very happy and very proud that I will be competing alongside my son. We will do our best to perform well,” Salukvadze, 47, said.

Salukvadze was 19 when she won a gold medal in the women’s 25-metre sporting pistol competition and silver in the women’s 10-metre air pistol competition at the 1988 Seoul Olympics when she represented the team of the now defunct Soviet Union.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics she won a bronze medal for Georgia in a 10-metre air pistol event.

Salukvadze’s 18-year-old son Tsotne Machavariani shot a personal best in the 10-metre air pistol at the European Championship in February to get an Olympic qualifying spot.

“It’s a double joy for me, because I will participate in the Olympics for the first time in my life and because I will compete in Rio alongside my mother,” Machavariani said.

Salukvadze said she believed that family relations do not matter in sports and should not cool sport ardour.

“But, frankly speaking, I am a mother after all and will be a fan of my son in Rio,” she said.

Location: Georgia, Tbilisi