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Rio Olympics to feature first ever mother-son duo in the same sporting event

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Georgian shooter Nino Salukvadze is set to compete in her eighth Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, an accomplishment in itself.

Only one other woman - canoeist Josefa Idem-Guerrini, who represented both West Germany and Italy - has competed in so many Olympics.

However, the three-time shooting medalist will make history in more than just one way. Her son, Tsotne Machavariani, has also been named in the Georgian national shooting team, making the duo the first ever mother-son combination to compete together in the same event at the Olympic Games.

"I am very happy as the representative of the Georgian shooting federation but a million times happier as a mother that my son managed to do this," Salukvadze told reporters.

As documented by statistics firm OlympStats there have been 70 previous instances of a parent and child competing at the same Olympics, but never a mother and son.

Salukvadze, who turned 47 in February, took home two medals at the 1988 Games while competing for the Soviet Union in Seoul, winning gold in the 25-meter women's sporting pistol and silver in the 10-meter women's air pistol.

First published: 4 May 2016, 2:42 IST
 
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