S. Korean shooters take 3 more gold medals
By Yoon Chul
South Korea’s shooters claimed three more golds on Day 3 of the Guangzhou Asian Games with Kim Hak-man earning two of them, Monday.
The 34-year-old won out in a close match in the individual men’s 50-meter rifle prone competition at the Aoti Shooting Range, scoring 103.3 in the final round for an overall 698.3 points, just 0.4 of a point ahead of Kazakhstan’s Yuriy Melsitove.
Before Kim won the individual match, he had already celebrated once with teammates Kim Jong-hyun and Han Jin-seop after topping the podium in the men’s rifle prone team event.
The Korean shooters earned a total of 1,785 points beating host China by 11, as they set a new Asian record.
South Korea added another gold medal in the women’s 50-meter rifle prone team event.
Team members Kim Jung-mi, Kwon Na-ra and Lee Eun-chae finished on 1,775 points, ahead of Thailand (1,763) and China (1,760).
However the Korean women didn’t fare so well in the individual event.
At the time of going to press 16 gold medals had been awarded, with Korea and China each winning eight. Two more medal events will be decided before Monday’s end.
Korea’s individual shooters Kim Hak-man and Kim Jong-hyun were on course to take gold and silver until the middle of competition.
Melsitove closed the gap on the Korean athletes and the margin between Kim Hak-man and Melsitove was down to just .1 point with one shot remaining.
But the Kim calmly made a 10.8 point shot to hold on for the gold.
Meanwhile teammate Kim Jong-hyun finished seventh.