Vietnamese shooter grabs silver at Munich World Cup

Vietnam’s veteran shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh finished as runner-up of the men’s 50m pistol final at the 2015 ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Final, taking place in Munich, Germany from September 1 to 7.

Top Vietnamese shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh
Top Vietnamese shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh

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The week-long competition has brought together the best 85 rifle and pistol shooters in the world, selected throughout this year's four ISSF World Cup Stages in Changwon (Republic of Korea), Fort Benning (USA), Munich (Germany) and Gabala (Azerbaijan).

Vinh - who qualified for the final after claiming two bronze medals at two World Cup stages in Changwon and Fort Benning - finished sixth with 555 points in the preliminary round, where he joined nine other competitors from Japan, RoK, China, Portugal and Serbia.

Despite leading the score tally against China’s Zhang Bowen after the sixth ring, Vinh suddenly lost form in the seventh ring, concluding his match with two frustrating shots (7.5, 7.9), ending up in second place overall with 189.3 points.

Zhang, the youngest finalists, wrapped up his competition with two successful shots of 9.7 and 9.1, thereby winning the first World Cup final of his career with a total of 192.6 points. The bronze medal went to Zhang’s teammate, Wang Zhiwei with 173.6 points.