Margarita Tarradell

Margarita Tarradell Asencio (born November 30, 1962 in Santiago de Cuba) is a Cuban sport shooter.[1] She has competed for Cuba in pistol shooting at three Olympics (1992, 2000, and 2004), and has produced an illustrious career tally of fifteen medals in a major international competition, a total of four (one gold, two silver, and one bronze) at the Pan American Games (1991 to 2003), a total of five (two golds and three silver) at the American Championships, and a total of six (four golds, one silver, and one bronze) at numerous meets of the ISSF World Cup series.[2]

Margarita Tarradell
Personal information
Full nameMargarita Tarradell Asencio
Nationality Cuba
Born (1962-11-30) 30 November 1962 (age 58)
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Height1.54 m (5 ft 12 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Sport
SportShooting
Event(s)10 m air pistol (AP40)
25 m pistol (SP)

CareerEdit

Tarradell competed internationally for Cuba at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, where she became the champion in sport pistol shooting. The following year, she made her first Cuban team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, finishing thirty-first in the air pistol and twenty-fourth in the sport pistol with scores of 374 and 572 respectively.[3][4]

Despite missing out her 1996 Olympic bid, Tarradell came back from an eight-year absence to compete for her second Games in Sydney 2000, following a bronze-medal triumph in air pistol shooting at the Pan American Games a year earlier.[2] From there, she finished in a five-way tie with a number of prominent shooters, including eventual Olympic bronze medalist Lalita Yauhleuskaya, for eleventh place in the air pistol, shooting a substantial 381 out of a possible 400.[5][6] Tarradell also competed in the sport pistol, where she fired a total of 575 points (283 in precision and 292 in the rapid fire) to obtain a twentieth position.[7]

In 2003, Tarradell reached the peak of her career by securing the silver medal in sport pistol shooting at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Briefly commanding her lead throughout the final, Tarradell held a tiebreaker with U.S. shooter Sandra Uptagrafft for the gold, until she lost in a shoot-off by just three-tenths of a point.[8][9] In spite of her tough defeat, she was also awarded an Olympic quota place for Cuba on her third Games.[10]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Tarradell qualified for her third Cuban squad, as a 41-year-old, in both air and sport pistol. She managed to get a minimum qualifying score of 568 on her latter event to gain an Olympic quota place for Cuba in shooting, following a runner-up finish at the Pan American Games.[2][10][11] in the 10 m air pistol, held on the third day of the Games, Tarradell fired a substandard 368 out of a possible 400 to share a thirty-fifth place tie with Colombia's Amanda Mondol and Costa Rica's Grettel Barboza in the qualifying round.[12][13] Two days later, in the 25 m pistol, Tarradell shot 282 in precision and 283 in the rapid-fire stage to tally 565 in a two-way tie with Belarus' Viktoria Chaika for thirty-second position, just three points below her entry standard.[14][15]

Olympic resultsEdit

Event 1992 2000 2004
25 metre pistol 24th
572
20th
575
32nd
565
10 metre air pistol 31st
374
11th
381
35th
368

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Margarita Tarradell". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "ISSF Profile – Margarita Tarradell". ISSF. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Barcelona 1992: Shooting – Women's 10m Air Pistol" (PDF). Barcelona 1992. LA84 Foundation. p. 348. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Barcelona 1992: Shooting – Women's 25m Pistol" (PDF). Barcelona 1992. LA84 Foundation. p. 347. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000: Shooting – Women's 10m Air Pistol" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 87–89. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Tao wins women's 10-meter air pistol". Canoe.ca. 17 September 2000. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Sydney 2000: Shooting – Women's 25m Pistol" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 90–92. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Friday: Canadians extend diving sweep". ESPN. 10 August 2003. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  9. ^ Wilner, Barry (9 August 2003). "Court flap at Pan Am Games". ESPN. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  10. ^ a b González Rego, Carlos (6 August 2004). "Optimista tiradora cubana" [Cuban shooter feels optimistic] (in Spanish). Agencia Cubana de Noticias. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Shooting 2004 Olympic Qualification" (PDF). Majority Sports. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Shooting: Women's 10m Air Pistol Prelims". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Ecuador quedó en la posición 40 en tiro, ucraniana se llevó el oro en Atenas" [Ecuador takes the 40th position in shooting, Ukraine wish the gold in Athens] (in Spanish). El Universo. 16 August 2004. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Shooting: Women's 25m Pistol Prelims". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  15. ^ "Carmen Malo se ubicó en la posición 36 en tiro" [Carmen Malo puts into the 36th position in shooting] (in Spanish). El Universo. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 15 July 2015.

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