Air Pistol: South Korea’s Jin Jong-Oh Triumphs in 10m at London’s Royal Artillery Barracks

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It almost looked too easy for Jin Jong-Oh.

South Korean Air Pistol shooter who charged into the 10m Finals with a four-point lead and sealed the deal with a 688.2 score at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

Just 6.9 points shy of the World Record, Jong was challenged only by Italy’s Luca Tesconi and Serbia’s Andrija Zlatic, who claimed the second and third spots, respectively.

With a first place finish (50m) and runner up medal (10m) in Beijing four years ago, the Korean sharp shooter arrived in London with plenty of fanfare – also having emerged as the victor at the Asian Championships earlier in the year.

“I am very happy…for Korea, and personally it is very meaningful,” Jong said.

Half-way through the final Jong had a solid 4.4 lead. A charge from the Italian police officer, Tesconi, made a threatening advance – cutting the lead to 1.3, but Jong held off the barrage, scoring a near-perfect 10.8 points to claim ultimate glory.

“I think getting off to a good start is important, and I hope this [result] will be a spur and inspire Team Korea to more success at these Games.”

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

July 30, 2012