Rio 2016 preview: 50m Pistol Men and Double Trap Men

XXXI Olympic Games · Rio de Janeiro, BRA

At 12:00 PM (UTC-3), Republic of Korea’s Jin Jongoh will try to best the 5th place he nailed in the 10m Air Pistol Men event, while Australia’s James Willett and Russian Federation’s Vasily Mosin will lead the group of contenders of the Double Trap Men Olympic title.

Midway through the Olympic Shooting schedule in Rio de Janeiro, the 50m Pistol Men event and the Double Trap Men event will deliver their medals.


The first final match taking place at the Olympic Shooting Centre in the Deodoro Park will be the 50m Pistol Men, where the current leader of the World Ranking, Jin Jongoh of the Republic of Korea, will try to recover from the 5th place he gained on Saturday in the 10m Air Pistol Men event.


Jin, who also secured the last World Cup Gold up for grabs in this event at the 2016 ISSF World Cup Series, will mostly face the People’s Republic of China’s Pang Wei and Wang Zhiwei, ranked 3rd and 5th in the World in this event.


Pablo Carrera of Spain, Oleh Omelchuk of the Ukraine and Jitu Rai of India, the other three World Cup Gold medallist during the 2016 season, will also participate in the event.


Tomorrow afternoon then, the Shotgun range will host the Double Trap Men event, where Australia’s James Willett will compete as the number 1 in the ISSF World Ranking, thanks to the two medals he claimed during this year’s World Cup.


Despite only securing 1 World Cup Silver medal during this year’s competitions, Vasily Mosin of the Russian Federation is surely among the most valid contenders for the Gold medal, as he collected 8 total medals among the 19 starts he piled up in the last four years, with 4 of them being Golds.


The United States of America will also have two valuable representatives in Walton Eller and Joshua Richmond, 9th and 4th in the World Ranking and both World Cup medallists during the 2016 season: Eller placed in 3rd position in Rio de Janeiro, while Richmond won the Gold in San Marino.


News and updates about the Olympic Shooting events will be available on the ISSF website and on the Federation’s social media profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Weibo.

Marco Vettoretti