It’s the golden hour for Alberto Fernandez and Fatima Galvez.
The 38-year-old Spanish trap shooter and his 34-year-old Spanish trap shooting teammate claimed the gold medal in the Mixed Team Trap competition at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Fernandez and Galvez beat out a team from San Marino by a score of 41-40 in the gold medal match, giving Spain it’s first taste of gold in the process.
The Spaniards had topped the qualifying rounds to storm into the gold medal match, but Galvez looked a bundle of nerves against San Marino’s Gian Marco Berti and Alessandra Perilli.
She missed five of her first eight targets, including the first three in a row, before taking a timeout.
Fernandez held steady at the other end, however, and missed only one of his 25 targets as Spain prevailed.
“Because of the light, I didn’t see the target nicely. But the rest of it was nice,” Galvez said of her nervous start.
Fernandez said their success was the culmination of five years of training together.
“It’s so easy to compete with Fatima and it was like a dream for me, so I didn’t feel the pressure of being in an Olympics game,” he said.
Americans Madelynn Bernau and Brian Burrows won the bronze in a shoot-off victory over women’s trap champion Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova and fellow Slovak Erik Varga.