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Wang Yifu Notches a Second Shooting Gold for China

Wang Yifu notched a second Olympic gold for China when he edged out Russian Mikhail Nestruev to win the men's 10m air pistol final on Saturday.

Du Li of China snatched the first gold medal at the Athens Olympics after she pipped Russian Lioubov Galkina in the women's 10m air rifle event.

Four hours after Du's triumph, Wang scored 100 points in a dramatic final to finish with a total of 690 points, a new Olympic record.

World number one Nestruev, who topped the qualification round with the best score of 591 points, blew a 0.8-point lead in the last shot, having to settle for the silver on 689.8 points.

Nestruev's compatriot Vladimir Isakov grabbed the bronze medal with 684.3 points.

Tan Zongliang, China's another shooter in this event, and defending champion Franck Dumoulin of France failed to reach the eight-man final.

Results of men's 10m air pistol finals

Following are the results of men's 10m air pistol finals at the Athens Olympic Games here on Saturday:

1. Wang Yifu, China, 690.0 points
2. Mikhail Nestruev, Russia, 689.8
3. Vladimir Isakov, Russia, 684.3
4. Tanyu Kiriakov, Bulgaria, 683.4
5. Jin Jong Oh, South Korea, 682.9
6. Kim Hyon Ung, DPR Korea, 682.0
7. Norayr Bakhtamyan, Armenia, 681.9
8. Kim Jong Su, DPR Korea, 681.2

(Xinhua News Agency August 14, 2004)

China Aims at Five Shooting Golds
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