Olympics: Korea's Jin wins third straight gold in 50m pistol

Jin Jong-Oh celebrates his 50 metre pistol win.
Jin Jong-Oh celebrates his 50 metre pistol win.PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) - South Korea's Jin Jong-oh shot his way back from the brink of elimination to win his third consecutive gold in the Olympic men's 50 metre pistol event on Wednesday (Aug 10).

With a steadier hand in the final rounds, Jin prevailed over Vietnam's Xuan Vinh Hoang, who made history on Saturday by winning his country's first gold medal.

Kim Song Guk of North Korea won the bronze in his first ever international final.

The 36-year-old Jin, ranked No. 1 in the world, is one of the Olympics' most decorated pistol shooters, having won the 50 metre titles at Beijing and London, where he also claimed the 10m air pistol event.