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.