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Youth Olympics shooter oversleeps, misses chance at medal

Aug 21, 2014, 7:49 AM EST

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Ukraine’s Polina Konarieva arrived late for the 10m air pistol team shooting event at the Youth Olympics after oversleeping, costing her and her male teammate from Moldova a chance to win a medal.

The 10m air pistol team event at the Youth Olympics is mixed, meaning shooters from different nations pair up for competition. Konarieva and Moldova’s Ion Aric were scheduled to face a duo from Armenia and Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.

“I don’t know what to say to [Aric],” Konarieva said, according to the Nanjing 2014 website, which reported Aric was in tears.

“Yes, there was a lot of emotion,” Aric said, according to the report. “Why she was late, I don’t know why. … She is not responsible for her action. I’m a little angry.”

The Ukrainian’s coach took responsibility after Konarieva, 16, arrived via taxi.

“She was sleeping and woke up at 8 o’clock and went to the station to get a taxi,” the coach said, according to the report. “The driver didn’t know the road, but he said, ‘OK, I know, shooting range … no problem.’”

The Youth Olympics continue with coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Youth Olympics broadcast schedule

(h/t @OlympicStatman)

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    OMG, how dumb. Reminds me a little of the 1972 Olympics, when the US T&F coach screwed up his schedule, resulting in the top 2 US sprinters (the best in the world) missing their opening heat in the 100m. That paved the way for a Soviet runner, Valeriy Borzov, to win. That whole Olympics went from debacle to debacle to catastrophe.

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