China Captures Three Medals in Shooting
ATLANTA (AP) _ China, which got off to shaky start in shooting at the Olympics, captured three medals today led by victories from Yang Ling and Li Duihong.
Yang won the 10-meter running target gold and teammate Xiao Jun rallied from fifth place to take the silver. Miroslav Janus of the Czech Republic took the bronze.
Li, the silver medalist in Barcelona four years ago, took the gold in the 25-meter women’s pistol event.
Diana Yorgova of Bulgaria won the silver, beating out defending Olympic champion Marina Logvinenko of Russia on the final shot.
Yang finished with a score of 685.8 points. Xiao, fifth going into the final 10 shots, shot the highest score in the finals (102.8) and finished with 679.8. Janus scored 678.4.
The gold medals were the first in shooting for China. Its 1992 Olympic champion, Wang Yifu, collapsed after firing such a poor shot that it cost him the lead in the men’s 10-meter air pistol competition last Saturday. He finished with the silver medal.
Li cried on the podium, then later said her victory made up for Wang’s loss.
``If he had not had problems, he would have won,″ she said. ``I got the gold today and that of course makes up for that.″
Li finished with an Olympic-record score of 687.9. Yorgova scored 684.8 and Logvinenko 684.2. Yorgova’s final shot of 10.5 was just off the 2-inch-wide bullseye. When Logvinenko finished with a 9.5 shot, Yorgova moved into second place.
Li started the finals with a three-point lead over Nino Salukvadze of the former Soviet republic of Georgia and her lead was never threatened in the 10-shot finale.
In qualifying for Saturday’s finals in skeet, Bill Roy of Alamogordo, N.M., was the United States’ top contender.
Roy, a fighter pilot who has taught English literature and Sunday school, holds a master’s degree in English literature from North Carolina and taught American literature at the Air Force Academy. He is an instructor pilot at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
Germany, Slovakia and the former Soviet republic of Kazakstan were the big winners in Thursday’s competition at the Wolf Creek Shooting Complex.
Germany won two golds and Slovakia, which declared its independence from Czechoslovakia in 1993, won its first Olympic medal. Kazakstan captured a silver and a bronze.
Germany’s Christian Klees won the gold medal in the 50-meter free rifle event with a world-record score of 704.8 points. Teammate Ralf Schumann defended his title in the 25-meter rapid fire pistol finals, giving Germany its first two golds of these games.
Jozef Gonci of Slovakia won the bronze in free rifle and Sergey Beliaev of Kazakstan the silver.
Schumann scored an Olympic record 698. Emil Milev of Bulgaria took the silver (692.1) and Vladimir Vokhmyanin of Kazakhstan the bronze (691.5).
Klees did not score lower than a 10.3 in his 10 shots in the finals. His total, including a world record-tying perfect score of 600 in the preliminary round, broke the previous mark of 703.5 by Jens Harskov of Denmark in 1991.
Sergey Beliaev of Kazakhstan took the silver with 703.3, and Gonci scored 701.9.