Skeet shooter Ishihara qualifies for Rio Games

Kyodo

Naoko Ishihara was chosen as the first woman to represent Japan in skeet shooting at the Olympics by the Japan Clay Target Shooting Association on Saturday.

The 41-year-old earned Japan a berth at the this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Games by winning the Asian qualifying competition on Feb. 1 in New Delhi, where only one Olympic spot was available in women’s skeet shooting. Ishihara was selected for Rio at Sunday’s meeting of the association’s board of directors.

Her father Keishi was selected to represent Japan at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, but Japan boycotted the games.

Yukie Nakayama had already been named to compete in Rio in women’s trap shooting.