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Born: De­cem­ber 2, 1935 From: Suk­abumi, West Java Height: 153 cm

Lely Koen­tratih was an el­e­men­tary school teacher who knew noth­ing about guns. In 1959, she mar­ried Air

Force Lieu­tenant Se­tyo Sampoerno, who in­tro­duced her to com­pet­i­tive pis­tol shoot­ing. She en­tered the male­dom­i­nated In­ter-Mil­i­tary Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onship and won. This led to her se­lec­tion as In­done­sia’s shoot­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the 1962 Asian Games. Her par­tic­i­pa­tion as the only fe­male shooter sparked protests by other coun­tries, but there was no rule against women com­pet­ing. She won a sil­ver medal in the 50-me­tre pis­tol event. From 1968 to 1983, she won eight gold medals at the South East Asia Shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onships. From 1977 to 1987, she won more than a dozen gold medals at the South­east Asia (SEA) Games and Asian Games. For over a decade, she was ranked among the top five fe­male pis­tol shoot­ers in the world. She won the Asian cham­pi­onships in 1983. At the age of 48, she com­peted in the 1984 Los An­ge­les Olympics but did not win a medal, at­tribut­ing her fail­ure to ner­vous­ness. She re­tired from com­pet­i­tive shoot­ing in 1989 and then worked for a firearms com­pany.

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