Chinese shooters pocketed all of the four medals at Asian
Shooting Championship on Wednesday, together with a silver and a
bronze, although they didn't seem satisfied with their scores.
Tan Zongliang of China
competes to win the men's 10-meter air pistol at Asian Shooting
Championship in KUWAIT, December 5, 2007. [Xinhua]
Tan Zongliang, gold medalist of men's 10-meter air pistol in the
Doha Asian Games, was crowned again in the event with an absolute
advantage of 687.3 points.
The 36-year-old sharpshooter who was also champion of men's
50-meter pistol in the World Shooting Championships last year,
strode into the final with a top of 586 points at the qualification
round, three points ahead of his teammate Shi Xinglong.
In the 10-shot final, Tan led all the way and managed to enlarge
his advantage against the runner-up Shi to 4.7 points by scoring
seven shots above ten points.
"The competition today is really tiring," he said later, "I am
not in good condition lately, luckily my performance today is
But Wang Yifu, head coach of the Chinese shooting team, believed
Tan could score higher.
"The score today could at best ensure him a bronze in the
Olympics," he said, "during the last two sessions of Olympic Games,
winners of this event both achieved some 590 points in the
Wang himself held the Olympic record of men's 10-meter air
pistol, which stood at 690.0 points, including 590 points in the
Pang Wei, gold medalist of men's 10-meter air pistol at the 2006
world championships, finished as the fourth with 677.5 points.
Unlike Tan and Shi, Pang was in the first group to shoot his
qualification round, when power failure occurred twice, stretching
the round by another 14 minutes.
In the junior competition of men's 10-meter air pistol,
20-year-old Mai Jiajie won an overwhelming victory with 681.8
He managed to improve his score achieved at the World Shooting
Championship in 2006, with which the debutant grabbed a bronze, by
two points to 580.
"I thought I could do better," the bespectacled boy appeared
sober-minded, "we feel less pressure in junior competitions. Had I
been in Tan's team, my performance could be worse."
Chinese shooter Zhao Shenghua clinched the bronze with 668.9
Beyond all doubts, gold medals of team in both events fell into
the bag of Chinese.
On Thursday, five gold medals of individuals shall come out,
including those from women's trap and 10-meter air rifle, as well
as men's 50-meter pistol.
(Xinhua News Agency December 6, 2007)