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Finals 25m Pistol Women

Olympic Champ Chen equalled 25m Pistol Women Final Record

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Fort Benning, USA

“It’s a miracle, I am old, but I will try my hardest to win the London Games!” The Chinese shooter said after winning today’s medal match with 796.7 points, equalling the final world record.

“I will try my hardest to win the next Olympic Games!” the reigning 25m Pistol Women Olympic Champion, Chen Ying, said after winning today’s medal match at the 2011 ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup in Fort Benning, GA, USA.

 

The 33-year old Chinese shooter secured the brightest medal with a total score of 796.7 points, equalling the current final world record. After entering the final with 591 points, with 4 points of advantage on her closest opponent, she shot 205.7 points in the final, turning out to be unbeatable.

 

“It’s a miracle!” She commented right after the match “I stopped shooting for one year, and I just came back to shooting. So I did not expect such a record result!” Chen said. This was her second World Cup Gold medal of the season, after her victory at the previous stage in Changwon.

 

“I am an old shooter, in China, where we start shooting at 13,” the 33-year old said. “So many new young athlete are coming up every year. But I will try to stay in the leas as long as possible. Shooting means all, in my life.”

 

The Silver medal went to Beijing’s Olympic Silver medallist, Otryad Gundegma, 32, from Mongolia, who finished behind Chen mirroring the final of the 2008 Games. The Mongolian shooter, ranked 17th in the world, moved up from the third place securing the Silver and an Olympic pass for London 2012 with a total score of 789.8 points.

 

The Bronze medal was taken by India’s Rahi Sarnobat, 20, who surprised everybody  byclimbing up the scoreboard form the eighth to the third place. The young Indian shooter had qualified in last place with 582 points, but then moved up to the podium with an extreme final score of 207.7 points, meaning an average of more than 10.3 points per shot. Next to the Bronze  - her first ISSF medal - Sarnobat also pocketed an Olympic Quota Place, an entrance ticket to the next 2012 Games.

 

Her teammate, Anisa Sayyed, 30, who had started the match in second place, finished far behind the podium in seventh place, with an overall score of 787.0 (587+200.0 points).

 

Check the results of the final at: http://www.issf-sports.org/xmlresultpage.aspx?cshipid=1179&resultkey=C00000_I_1805110800.1.SP.0

 

 

 

 

 

Marco Dalla Dea