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Shooter Jin Jong-oh Wins 3rd Straight Olympic Gold

[News] l 2016-08-11

South Korean shooter Jin Jong-oh has opened a new chapter in Olympic history by winning the men’s 50-meter pistol final at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Wednesday.

At the Olympic Shooting Center, the 36-year-old won his third Olympic gold medal in the 50-meter pistol event with an Olympic record score of 193-point-seven.

Jin is the first shooter, man or woman, to win three consecutive gold medals in a single shooting event at the Olympics. He is also the first South Korean to win an Olympics for a third time in a row.

Jin, who also won gold in 10-meter air pistol at the 2012 London Games, is now tied with archer Kim Soo-nyung as South Korea's most Olympic gold medal winners at four. He finished fifth in men’s 10-meter air pistol final at Rio last Saturday.

Jin also has two silver medals under his belt, one at Athens 2004 and one at the Beijing 2008.

Vietnam’s Hoang Xuan Vinh, who won Vietnam’s first-ever Olympic gold with 10-meter pistol final victory at Rio, settled for a silver medal, trailing Jin by two-point-four points.

Kim Song-guk of North Korea won a bronze medal while Jin’s South Korean colleague Han Seung-woo finished fourth.