Brazil’s Felipe Almeida Wu continued his preparations for a home Olympics by winning the men’s 10 metre air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at the Baku Olympic Shooting Range.
The 24-year-old’s closing score of 200 points saw him secure his second World Cup gold medal of season, having also triumphed at the opening stage held in Thailand’s capital Bangkok.
India’s Jitu Rai finished in second place with 199.5 points, while three-time Olympic champion Jin Jong-oh of South Korea rounded out the podium with 178.8.
After qualifying with 583 points, Wu started off the final with a disappointing 8.5 in his first series.
He soon recovered though and after the 12th shot, he had already reached the top of the scoreboard.
Shooting consistently in Azerbaijan’s capital, Wu defended the lead to keep Rai and Jin – the winner of yesterday’s men’s 50m pistol event – behind him and seal victory.
“The competition has been really tough,” said Wu, ranked fifth in the world.
“I hit four eights, while I was expecting to shoot better.
“Right at the beginning of the final I made a couple of mistakes again, but I was able to control myself and that gave me confidence.
“We have the Olympic Games in front of us, and learning to control my emotions is crucial.
“I am doing the best I can to prepare for Rio 2016.”
In the women’s 25m pistol final, Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Boneva beat Greece’s Anna Korakaki 7-5 after six series.
Boneva had never previously won a gold medal in this event, despite participating in 14 World Cup finals since 2006.
In the bronze medal match, reigning Olympic champion Kim Jang-mi of South Korea beat Beijing 2008 gold medallist Chen Ying of China 8-0.
Malta’s William Chetcuti claimed the men’s double trap title, beating Italy’s Marco Innocenti 2-1 in a shoot-off after the pair finished level on 28 hits each in the gold medal match.
China’s Mo Junjie, the 2009 World Cup champion, won the bronze medal match by 28 hits to 26, condemning three-time European junior champion Artem Nekrasov of Russia to fourth spot.
At the end of day four, China lead the medals standings with one gold, two silvers and one bronze, followed by South Korea with one gold and four bronzes.
The competition in Baku is due to continue tomorrow with gold medals due to be awarded in the men’s 50m rifle prone and the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol events.
By Daniel Etchells
Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz