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Matsuda dedicates Air Pistol Men Gold to wounded Japan

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · Sydney, AUS

The two-time World Champion dedicated the victory to his people “living a terrible situation”. Three Olympic Quota Places were assigned to Ukraine, China and Slovakia.

Japan’s top pistol shooter Matsuda Tomoyuki won Gold at the 10m Air Pistol Men event at the ISSF Combined World Cup in Sydney, today, and dedicated his victory to the people of Japan.

 

“My country is suffering a terrible situation, after the natural disaster that hit Japan. My first thoughts go to all those who are suffering in these days.” Matsuda said, wearing the Gold medal without a smile.

 

“I would like to dedicate this victory to them, to the people of Japan” said the 35-year old Police officer of Yokhoama “We are living in a terrible moment, and I wish a sport victory could help, in somehow, my people.” The Japanese Shotgun team cancelled its participation in the world cup event, after the disaster, while the Rifle & Pistol team participated with a reduced team.

 

The two-time World Champion of Japan secured today’s brightest medal with an overall score of 685.7 points. After making it into the final in the lead with 585 points, he climbed up on the highest step of the podium with a final score of 100.7 points. Matsuda, ranked first in the world in this event, had closed the 2010 season with two world titles won at the ISSF World Championship in Munich, and with a Bronze medal pocketed at the 2010 ISSF World Cup Final.

 

Three Olympic Quota Places were awarded at this match. Since Matsuda had already secured one at the World Championship, last year, the Olympic qualification cards went to Ukrain’s Oleg Omelchuk, second with 680.0 points, to China’s Tian Zhang, third with 679.8 points, and to Slovakia’s uraj Tunzinsky, fifth with 679.0 points.

Marco Dalla Dea