Park Jin-ho takes silver in mixed 10-meter air rifle

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Park Jin-ho takes silver in mixed 10-meter air rifle

Park Jin-ho prepares for his next shot at Asaka Shooting Range. [YONHAP]

Park Jin-ho prepares for his next shot at Asaka Shooting Range. [YONHAP]

 
Korean shooter Park Jin-ho won a silver medal in the mixed 10-meter air rifle prone SH1 final on Wednesday, with a point total of 253.0. Gold went to Germany's Natascha Hiltrop, who bested Park by just 0.1 points and set a Paralympic record. Bronze went to Ukraine's Iryna Shchetnik, who shot 231.2.

 
Later in the day at Asaka Shooting Range, countryman Lee Ji-seok missed out on a medal but finished fourth in the mixed 10-meter air rifle prone SH2 final. Gold went to Serbia's Dragan Ristic, who shot a 255.5 to set a Paralympic record. Silver went to Ukraine's Vasyl Kovalchuk, and bronze to Slovenia's Francek Gorazd Tirsek.
 
In Paralympics shooting, sporting classes are based on whether the athlete is able to hold the gun with their hands or arms. For rifle, athletes who are able to hold the gun with two hands or arms compete in SH1, while those who require a shooting stand to support the gun's weight compete in SH2.

BY JEON YOUNG-JAE [jeon.youngjae@joongang.co.kr]
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