Czech shooter D. Kostelecký is a man. In the 2008 Summer Olympics, he took home the gold medal for Men’s Trap, and in 2020, he’ll take home silver.
With the encouragement of his older brother and the air gun he inherited from his hunter grandfather, he decided to give shooting a go. According to what he said in 2021, he was called an unperspective junior because of this.
Nonetheless, D. Kostelecký triumphed at the 1993 European Junior Championships, held in his hometown of Brno, and took home the bronze medal.
He began his medal haul at the senior level with a victory in the 1995 Junior World Championships in Nicosia, where he also placed second at the 1995 European Championships.
D. Kostelecký Olympic Career
Using a basic round score of 122 to his advantage and defeating Marco Venturini in the final, he won the 2002 European Championship in Lonato.
For the Czech Republic, this was the first ever European gold medal in trap shooting. During the 2006 ISSF World Cup, he also placed second overall.
D. Kostelecký earned gold at the 2017 European Championships in Baku, adding to the silver (2011) and bronze (2014) he won at those same competitions.
Czech Republic’s Jiri Liptak Wins Gold, D. Kostelecký Silver as Men’s Trap Goes to Shoot-off at Tokyo Games
On Thursday, Czech shooter Jiri Liptak prevailed over compatriot D. Kostelecký in a shoot-off to claim the men’s trap gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
After 50 shots, Liptak and D. Kostelecký were deadlocked, setting an Olympic record with 43 hits each.
In the shootout, both competitors were successful at hitting the first six targets. D. Kostelecký , however, failed to hit the seventh. Both Ji Lipták and D. Kostelecký , two Czech shotgun shooters, took home medals at the Olympic trap competition.
Lipták wiped away D. Kostelecký second-place finish and the first Olympic gold of his career. Both Czech competitors in the final shootout methodically took out the other four competitors before facing off against one another. Lipták won the match after D. Kostelecký ‘s final attempt at goal was unsuccessful.
A year after D. Kostelecký weds Slovak shooter Lenka Barteková in 2010, the couple welcomes son Daniel. His first Olympics were in 1996, where he qualified in 31st place, behind both of his countrymen.