London: Italian policewoman Jessica Rossi was one shot from perfection Saturday as she won the Olympic women's trap shooting gold with a world-record 99 out of 100 hits at London's Royal Artillery Barracks.
Despite rain-swept conditions, the 20-year-old became the first shooter to hit a maximum 75 in qualifying, and only failed to set an unsurpassable world record by missing her 92nd shot.
"Unbelievable," said Rossi's coach, Albano Pera. "To score 24 in the final is very, very big and strong." Competitors fire at 75 flying targets in qualifying and another 25 in the final.