Men’s 50m Pistol: South Korea’s Jongoh Jin Earns Second First Place Prize in London
Jongoh Jin of South Korea successfully defended his Men’s 50m Pistol title from Beijing. He narrowly beat out fellow countryman Young Rae Choi on Day 9 of competition in London. Choi led most of the competition and entered the final with a seven-point lead against the defending champion. Jin looked out of contention for the top spot, until he shot a perfect 100 in the final round. The competition ended in a score of 662-661.5, landing Jin the top prize he had hopes of defending four years removed from his last title.
Jin, who had already taken first place in the 10m Pistol earlier in the week, was sitting in fifth place after the morning’s qualification round. He became the first shooter to repeat as 50m Pistol champion in back to back games.
“After the fifth round (of the final) I was in second place. I was happy with that, so after that I did not look at the score,” Jin said.
Although he was happy with a top-two finish either way, Jin was able to secure the ultimate prize after all, bringing his career top-three score total to five.