Asia Olympic Shooting Qualifiers; Kim Jonghyun grabs the first Gold medal in New Delhi

Kim Jonghyun

Republic of Korea’s Kim Jonghyun claimed the first Gold medal at the Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition for Shooting in New Delhi (IND).

The Korean shooter battled all along the final phase with his teammate Kim Hyeonjun and with Thailand’s Attapon Vea Aree, eventually reaching the top of the podium with an advantage of just two-tenths of a points.

Jonghyun, who shot outside the 10th ring just two times out of twenty shots, concluded with a final score of 206.3, while Vea Aree recorded a 206.1.

To claim the 2nd place, the Thai shooter also survived a shoot-off with Kim Hyeonjun, who claimed the 3rd place with a final score 185.2.

Thanks to Kim Jonghyun and Vea Aree placements, Republic of Korea and Thailand earned the two Olympic quota places available in this event.

Just outside the podium positions, Qatar’s Ali Al Muhanadi finished 4th with 163.5 points, followed by Bahrain’s Salman Zaman with 141.3 and Mongolia’s Byambabaatar Khenmedekh with 120.2.