Olympics: Vijay Kumar Wins India A Silver Medal In 25m Rapid Pistol Shooting





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Published on Aug 3, 2012

Marksman Vijay Kumar has won India a silver medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at the Olympic Games in London on Friday. Vijay's scored 5-4-4-3-4-4-4-2.

Leuris Pupo of Cuba won the gold medal wih a score of 34, while Ding Feng of China won bronze with 27

Alexei Klimov of Russia set a world record in qualification but was eliminated in the final after six of the eight series under the new competition format for 25-meter rapid fire pistol.

The 27-year-old Army shooter won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asian Games.

En route to his total score of 585, Kumar became the second shooter to break the previous Olympic record of 583 during the second stage of qualification.

Placed fourth in the list, Kumar, who had scored 293 in stage 1 of the qualification yesterday, shot a series of 98 97 97 in the second stage to take his total score to 585.

He shot a sequence of 99 96 98 at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

The Army man will be competing with five shooters for a medal.

Pre-Games medal favourite Ronjan Sodhi had yesterday failed to qualify for the double trap event.

Russian Alexei Klimov created a new world record by shooting 592.

He scored a total of 592 after Stage 2, breaking the existing world record of 591 and Olympic record of 583, with 294 points in Stage 1 and a staggering 298 out of 300 in Stage 2.

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