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South Korea narrowly lost the gold medal in the final match of the mixed ten-meter air rifle prone Class 1 at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Park Jin-ho scored 253 points at Asaka Shooting Range on Wednesday to win the silver medal, losing out to German shooter Natascha Hiltrop by only one-tenth of a point.
The 44-year-old shooter, who already won the bronze in the men's ten-meter rifle standing Class 1 on Monday, had promised to win a new medal in the mixed event.
Entering with a record preliminary score of 638-point-nine, Park went back and forth between first and second position until his 22nd shot, during which he dropped to second and stayed there.
Park will vie for additional medals in the men's 50-meter rifle three positions Class 1 on Friday and the mixed 50-meter rifle prone Class 1 on Sunday.
In rifle events, Class 1 means the participants can support the full weight of the rifle themselves. As a rifle is held with both hands, athletes in this class have an impairment in their legs.