The Korean shooter pockets the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Gold medal in the last day of competitions, besting Silver medallist Yuriy Yurkov of Kazakhstan and Bronze medallist Toshikazu Yamashita of Japan.
After claiming the 50m Rifle Prone Men Gold medal and the Olympic quota on the first day of competition, Republic of Korea’s Kim Jonghyun pocketed the brightest medal in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men event. His second during the Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition in new Delhi (IND).
After closing in 2nd place at the end of the kneeling series, Kim performed a stunning prone one, overtaking Kazakh shooter Yuriy Yurkov and building a comfortable lead that he eventually strengthened during the final, standing section of the match. At the end of the final, the gap between Kim and Yurkov was an incredible 9.7 points: 461.4 against 451.7.
3rd finished Toshikazu Yamashita of Japan, who secured the Bronze medal with the final score of 439.9 points.
As the three medallists were not eligible for the quota places up for grabs in this event, the three Olympic slots were assigned to the following shooters: India’s Sanjeev Rajpit, 4th with 429.5 points, Qatar’s Vitaliy Dovgun, 5th with 416.9, and Thailand’s Napis Tortungpanich, 6th with 405.7 points.
Eliminated after the 40th final shot, two South Korean athletes concluded in the bottom two positions of the match: Kwon Juncheol, 7th with 394.1 points, and Kim Hyeonjun, 8th with 353.9.
The competition will continue this afternoon with the Skeet Men final, the last event of the competition, scheduled at 3:45 PM (UTC+5:30).
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RESULTS - 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men
1. KIM Jonghyun
2. YURKOV Yuriy
3. YAMASHITA Toshikazu