Rio Olympics : Vietnam win first ever Games gold

Vietnam claimed their first ever Olympic gold as Vinh Xuan Hoang won the men’s 10m air pistol title. Hoang scored 202.5 points to edge out home favourite Felipe Wu who recorded 202.1 points to clinch silver and Brazil’s first medal of the Games. Wu took the lead after the penultimate shot but Hoang denied him with a brilliant final effort. Pang Wei scored 180.4 to win bronze for China, while South Korea’s defending champion Jin Jongoh came in fifth.

Vietnam has been competing in the Olympic Games for 64 years. Now the nation has its first gold medal thanks to Hoàng Xuan Vinh, who won the men’s 10-meter air pistol on Saturday. Like Vietnam, he had his own long struggle to win a medal.

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The 41-year-old last competed in 2012 in a London Olympics that ended in heartbreak. Hoàng failed to make the finals by a single point and finished 9th in the 10-meter air pistol. This was followed by a crushing fourth-place finish in the 50-meter air pistol that saw bronze escape him by just 0.1 points.

 Hoàng’s fortunes changed in Rio. He was locked in a tight duel with Felipe Almeida Wu. The pair traded shots that were near-indistinguishable when they struck the target, but Hoàng ultimately held off his nearest competitor by just 0.4 points.

Hoàng’s total overall score of 202.5 set a new Olympic record due to a new scoring system being adopted following the 2012 London Olympics.

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