Langley's Ludwig finds podium once more

Langley's Dorothy Ludwig captured the bronze medal in the women's 10m air pistol competition at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
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Dorothy Ludwig added another medal to her collection, claiming bronze in the women's 10m air pistol competition.

"It feels good (to medal)," she said.

Ludwig expressed a little bit of disappointment in the shade of her medal.

"It's a bit of both," she explained when asked if she was happy or disappointed with the bronze instead of the gold.

"When I shot my last shot, I knew I had lost, so I was disappointed.

"But I am still very pleased with my performance and quite content to take home a bronze medal."

The 35-year-old from Langley was representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Her event was on July 25.

She shot a 177.2 to find the final place on the podium.

Singapore's Shun Xie Teo won gold with a 198.6 while India's Malaika Goel won silver with a 197.1

One of the competitors Ludwig beat was her younger sister Lynda Kiejko, who came fifth.

Thirty competitors took part in the event, with the top eight qualifying for the final round.

Ludwig claimed the eighth and final spot.

"(Winning a medal) is a nice accomplishment after having two kids," said the mother of two boys — Erden, 3, and Emmet, 1. She also just celebrated her 10th anniversary with her husband Cam on July 31.

"Training isn't always as easy as it once was, making the time, so I am pleased."

She is also off maternity leave and back to work.

This is the fourth medal she has won at the Commonwealth Games, having earned an individual silver and a team gold in 2002 and a team bronze in 2010.

She also represented Canada at the 2012 Olympics, placing 34th. Her late father Bill Hare was a three-time Olympian in the sport.

Ludwig said she owed a big thanks to the Langley Rod and Gun Club, where she trains.

"Their support has been just fantastic throughout the years," she said.

"As a competitor in shooting, you don't get to where you want to be without the support of a gun club. They have been outstanding."

Ludwig returned from Scotland on July 27 but does not have much time to rest.

She is competing at the Canadian national championships beginning Aug. 8 in Camrose, Alta.

Ludwig is the two-time defending champion and has won eight national titles since 2003.

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