Sharpshooter Jin Jong-oh becomes Korea’s most successful Olympian ever

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Sharpshooter Jin Jong-oh becomes Korea’s most successful Olympian ever

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Jin Jong-oh of Korea kisses his gold medal after winning the 50-meter pistol event. [JOINT PRESS CORPS]

After a heartbreaking defeat earlier in this year’s Summer Games during the 10-meter air pistol event, Jin Jong-oh finally showed himself to be the world’s top marksman by claiming his third Olympic gold in the 50-meter pistol event on Wednesday at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

During his historic run to become the first shooter in the world to win three successive Olympic titles in a single event, Jin shot an Olympic record of 193.7 points and defeated Vietnam’s Hoang Xuan Vinh, the winner of the 10-meter air pistol event and the first Olympian in Vietnam’s history to clinch gold, on his way to the top of the podium.

After taking his third gold medal in the 50-meter pistol event, Jin became not only the first shooter in the world to take three consecutive Olympic golds, but he also is now the first Korean athlete to win three straight titles at the Olympics, whether it be the summer or winter Games. This makes Jin the most successful Olympian in Korea’s history. Jin won a silver in the 50-meter pistol event in the 2004 Athens Games and added a silver in the 10-meter air pistol event, followed by a gold in the 50-meter pistol event in the 2008 Beijing Games. In London, he claimed gold medals in both of the events and finally in Rio this year, he added another gold to his shelf for a total of four golds and two silvers.

BY CHOI HYUNG-JO (choi.hyungjo@joongang.co.kr)
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