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Shooting at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, London
Date Started: August 5, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012

Gold: KOR Jin Jong-O
Silver: KOR Choi Yeong-Rae
Bronze: CHN Wang Zhiwei

Summary

Jin Jong-O came into London as the defending champion in the free pistol, and he had already won a gold medal in London in the air pistol. In this event he had a close battle with his teammate Choi Yeong-Rae, defeating him on the final shot to repeat as gold medalist. Choi had the led the qualifiers, taking a three-point lead into the final. On the final shot, Jin scored 10.2 to Choi’s 8.1 to win by ½-a-point. This made Korea the first nation since the Soviet Union in 1960 to go 1-2 in this event.

Jin’s victory was historic in a number of ways. Most importantly, this made Jin the first shooter to ever win three individual gold medals in Olympic shooting. He also became the first shooter to win two gold medals at one Olympics since Unified Team shooter Marina Dobrancheva-Logvinenko in 1992, and only the second shooter to do so since 1924, back when there were numerous team events. In fact, Jin became only the seventh shooter to win two individual gold medals at one Olympics, following Dobrancheva-Logvinenko and five shooters from 1906-20. This was also his third consecutive medal in the event, as he had also won a silver in 2004.

The world #1 seed Damir Mikec of Serbia placed only 16th in qualifying, after a disappointing 90 in his second series. Five shooters tied for eighth in qualifying and had to shoot-off for the finals, which was won by Italian Giuseppe Giordano with 49.6. Losing out were the 2008 bronze medalist Vladimir Isakov of Russia and world #2 ranked Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Jin Jong-O 32 South Korea KOR Gold 662.0
2 Choi Yeong-Rae 30 South Korea KOR Silver 661.5
3 Wang Zhiwei 24 China CHN Bronze 658.6
4 Hoàng Xuân Vinh 37 Vietnam VIE 658.5
5 Giuseppe Giordano 38 Italy ITA 656.0
6 Andrija Zlatić 34 Serbia SRB 655.9
7 Christian Reitz 25 Germany GER 654.3
8 Leonid Yekimov 24 Russia RUS 652.0
9 João Costa 47 Portugal POR 559
10 Vladimir Isakov 42 Russia RUS 559
11 Tomoyuki Matsuda 36 Japan JPN 559
12 İsmail Keleş 24 Turkey TUR 559
13 Yusuf Dikeç 39 Turkey TUR 559
14 Jakkrit Panichpatikum 39 Thailand THA 558
15 Nick Mowrer 23 United States USA 558
16 Damir Mikec 28 Serbia SRB 558
17 Florian Schmidt 26 Germany GER 557
18 Norayr Bakhtamyan 41 Armenia ARM 557
19 Daniel Repacholi 30 Australia AUS 557
20 Pavol Kopp 33 Slovakia SVK 556
21 Walter Lapeyre 36 France FRA 554
22 Pablo Carrera 25 Spain ESP 554
23 Juraj Tužinský 27 Slovakia SVK 554
24 Francesco Bruno 44 Italy ITA 553
25 Zhang Tian 31 China CHN 553
26 Kai Jahnsson 47 Finland FIN 552
27 Ebrahim Barkhordari 29 Iran IRI 552
28 Daryl Szarenski 44 United States USA 550
29 Oleh Omelchuk 29 Ukraine UKR 548
30 Konstantin Lukashik 36 Belarus BLR 547
31 Andrey Kazak 32 Belarus BLR 547
32 Ásgeir Sigurgeirsson 26 Iceland ISL 544
33 Franck Dumoulin 40 France FRA 541
34 Vyacheslav Podlesny 34 Kazakhstan KAZ 540
35 Roger Daniel 42 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 539
36 Sergio Sánchez 41 Guatemala GUA 533
37 Arben Kucana 44 Albania ALB 524
38 Nikola Šaranović 43 Montenegro MNE 524