Jongoh Jin of South Korea captured the gold medal in the men's 50-meter pistol shooting competition Wednesday at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Vietnam's Xuan Vinh Hoang took silver and North Korea's Song Guk Kim earned a spot on the podium by winning bronze.
In the day's second medal event in shooting, Fehaid Aldeehani, operating under the Independent Olympic Athletes distinction, won gold with a victory over Italy's Marco Innocenti in the men's double trap final. Steven Scott earned bronze by defeating Tim Kneale in a matchup between two British athletes.
Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times noted the triumph would have been the first gold medal for Kuwait, but the suspension of the nation's Olympic committee means it goes to the IOA instead. It's the first gold for the independent group, per TOI Sports News.
Let's check out the complete results from the 50-meter pistol:
|2016 Summer Olympics: Men's 50-Meter Pistol Results|
|2||Xuan Vinh Hoang||VIE||191.3|
|3||Song Guk Kim||PRK||172.8|
Here are the final scores from the matches for gold and bronze in the double trap:
|2016 Summer Olympics: Men's Double Trap|
|Match||Winning Athlete||Losing Athlete||Score|
|Gold||Fehaid Aldeehani (IOA)||Marco Innocenti (ITA)||26-24|
|Bronze||Steven Scott (GBR)||Tim Kneale (GBR)||30-28|
And now a look at the updated medal count from Rio:
It's the third straight Olympic triumph in the 50-meter pistol for Jin. He also earned a silver in the event in Athens 12 years ago. He now owns a total of six Summer Games medals, four gold and two silver, as well as a multitude of success at the World Championship and World Cup levels.
His path to victory in Rio was anything but smooth, though. Hoang started to pull away during the first half of the second stage thanks to five consecutive series of 19.3 or better. He would have won gold if he kept that streak alive for two more rounds.
Instead, the Vietnam shooter posted a 18.5 in Series 8 and, even more critically, a 16.7 in Series 9 to leave the door wide open for a Jin comeback. It's certainly no surprise the South Korean star took full advantage to add another gold to his impressive collection.
Jin came up with a clutch finish, posting a 20.6 to get back in contention and then a 19.3 to pass Hoang in the final series.
John Marshall of the Associated Press commented on the late rally:
Hoang is still having a strong Games despite the disappointing finish. He previously claimed gold in the 10-meter air pistol event, and he still got silver Wednesday thanks to a terrific display until the final moments of the final.
Meanwhile, Kim picked up North Korea's first shooting medal of the Olympics.
In the double trap, Aldeehani finished as the top qualifier in the semifinals and then took advantage of a poor showing by Innocenti to capture gold. The Italian posted a 24, tying his lowest score of any round, which allowed the Kuwaiti's 26 to get the win.
Aldeehani was fortunate not to face Scott in the final, though. The British shooter racked up a perfect score of 30 to beat his teammate for bronze. Even Kneale's final score of 28 would have been good enough for gold if he made the final, showcasing the thin line between glory and disappointment.
But it's Aldeehani's day to shine. The 49-year-old veteran had two Olympic bronze medals on his resume, the double trap in 2000 and the trap in 2012, but this is the first time he stood atop the podium.
Ahmed Al Omran of the Wall Street Journal showcased the golden moment:
All told, it was a memorable day at the Olympic Shooting Center. Jin extended his reign of dominance in the 50-meter pistol with a thrilling comeback and Aldeehani made history for the Independent Olympic Athletes, though Kuwait will surely celebrate the moment, as well.