Georgian mother and son out to make history in Rio

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TBILISI, July 23 (Reuters) - The Rio Olympics will be the eighth Games for Georgian shooter Nino Salukvadze, but it will be the first time when she will be joined by a very special team mate - her own son.

It is believed to be the first such case in Olympic history when a mother and her son will compete side by side.

"I am very happy and very proud that I will be competing alongside my son. We will do our best to perform well," Salukvadze, 47, told Reuters.

Salukvadze was 19 when she won a gold medal in the women's 25-meter sporting pistol competition and silver in the women's 10-meter air pistol competition at the 1988 Seoul Olympics when she represented the team of the now defunct Soviet Union.

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In this photo taken on Thursday, April 28, 2016, former champion Nino Salukvadze, left, and her son Tsotne Machavariani attends a training session in Tbilisi, Georgia. Going into her eighth Olympics, former champion Nino Salukvadze has plenty of reasons to be proud of her long career, but this time in Rio de Janeiro has something extra, though, as she and her 18-year-old son make history in what is believed to be the first time a mother and son have competed at the same Olympics. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
In this photo taken on Thursday April 28, 2016, former champion Nino Salukvadze, left, and her son Tsotne Machavariani pose for a photo during an interview with the Associated Press in Tbilisi, Georgia. Going into her eighth Olympics, former champion Nino Salukvadze has plenty of reasons to be proud of her long career, but this time in Rio de Janeiro has something extra, though, as she and her 18-year-old son make history in what is believed to be the first time a mother and son have competed at the same Olympics. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
Georgia's flag bearer Nino Salukvadze holds the national flag as she leads the contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)
Gold medalist Guo Wenjun of China (C), silver medalist Natalia Paderina of Russia (L) and bronze medalist Nino Salukvadeze of Georgia celebrate on the podium of the women's 10m Air Pistol at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 at Beijing Shooting Hall. Georgia's Nino Salukvadze third place finish came just hours after the entire Georgian squad had considered withdrawing from the Games in protest at Russia's role in the bloody conflict over South Ossetia.AFP PHOTO/ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze takes aim during a practice session in Tbilisi, March 12, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will be the seventh for Salukvadze, who has won a gold and a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and hopes to win a medal in the upcoming games. The Olympic champion will take part in the women's 25m pistol and the women's 10m air pistol event. Picture taken March 12, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SHOOTING)
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze is seen at her home in Tbilisi, March 16, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will be the seventh for Salukvadze, who has won a gold and a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and hopes to win a medal in the upcoming games. The Olympic champion will take part in the women's 25m pistol and the women's 10m air pistol event. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SHOOTING)
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze takes aim during a practice session in Tbilisi, March 12, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will be the seventh for Salukvadze, who has won a gold and a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and hopes to win a medal in the upcoming games. The Olympic champion will take part in the women's 25m pistol and the women's 10m air pistol event. Picture taken March 12, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SHOOTING)
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze takes aim during a practice session in Tbilisi, March 12, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will be the seventh for Salukvadze, who has won a gold and a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and hopes to win a medal in the upcoming games. The Olympic champion will take part in the women's 25m pistol and the women's 10m air pistol event. Picture taken March 12, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SHOOTING)
Georgian sports shooter Nino Salukvadze takes aim during a practice session in Tbilisi, March 12, 2012. The 2012 London Olympics will be the seventh for Salukvadze, who has won a gold and a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and hopes to win a medal in the upcoming games. The Olympic champion will take part in the women's 25m pistol and the women's 10m air pistol event. Picture taken March 12, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SHOOTING)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Nino Salukvadze of the Georgia Olympic shooting team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
In this photo taken on Thursday, April 28, 2016, Tsotne Machavariani, son of former champion Nino Salukvadze, poses for a photo during an interview with the Associated Press in Tbilisi, Georgia. Going into her eighth Olympics, former champion Nino Salukvadze has plenty of reasons to be proud of her long career, but this time in Rio de Janeiro has something extra, though, as she and her 18-year-old son make history in what is believed to be the first time a mother and son have competed at the same Olympics. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
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At the 2008 Beijing Olympics she won a bronze medal for Georgia in a 10-meter air pistol event.

Salukvadze's 18-year-old son Tsotne Machavariani shot a personal best in the 10-meter air pistol at the European Championship in February to get an Olympic qualifying spot.

"It's a double joy for me, because I will participate in the Olympics for the first time in my life and because I will compete in Rio alongside my mother," Machavariani told Reuters.

Salukvadze said she believed that family relations do not matter in sports and should not cool sport ardor.

"But, frankly speaking, I am a mother after all and will be a fan of my son in Rio," she said.

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