South Korea's Jin grabs second London shooting gold
London, England (Sports Network) - South Korea's Jin Jongoh grabbed his second gold medal of these London Games, hitting a clutch last shot to defeat countryman Choi Young Rae in the final of the men's 50-meter pistol.
Jin, who also won this event at the 2008 Beijing Games, claimed gold earlier in the men's 10m air pistol but put himself in an early hole in this event by finishing fifth in qualifying. Choi came out in top in the early round, followed by China's Wang Zhiwei and Andrija Zlatic of Serbia.
A 10.2 on his first shot got Jin going and he eventually pulled to within 1.6 of Choi going into the final shot. The defending champ then fired a 10.2 for a total score of 662.0 and Choi's score of 8.1 on his concluding shot dropped him into the silver, 0.5 behind his countryman.
Jin said he wasn't expecting gold, hoping simply for a bronze. That may have helped keep him focused as he said he didn't do much score watching.
"After the fifth round I was in second place. I was happy with that, so after that I did not look (at the score)," said Jin.
Wang claimed the bronze thanks to a 10.6 on his last shot.
World no. 1 Damir Mikec of Serbia, 2008 bronze medal winner Vladimir Isakov of Russia and expected challenger Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan all failed to qualify for the final.
The first day of men's trap qualification was also held, with Australia's Michael Diamond the only shooter to hit on all 75 attempts. Several others hit on 74 attempts, including world No. 2 Italian Massimo Fabbrizi and German Karsten Bindrich.
World no. 1 Alexey Alipov of Russia scored a 71, while Great Britain's Edward Ling scored a 72.
Qualification continues on Monday before the finals take place later in the day.
08/05 11:16:16 ET