13:55 | 08/08/2016 Sports
After six decades of competing in the Olympics, Việt Nam boasts its first ever gold medal thanks to shooter Hoàng Xuân Vinh who won the men’s 10m air pistol at the summer games in Rio de Janeiro.
Hoàng Xuân Vinh celebrates with his gold medal on the podium after winning the men’s 10m air pistol final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday — EPA/VNA Photo
Col. Vinh, 42, scored 202.5 points in the final round, breaking the previous Olympic record.
Felipe Almeida Wu of host Brazil won the silver medal, scoring 202.1 points, and China’s Pang Wei got the bronze, with 180.4 points.
“This gold medal is a big achievement not only for me but for the whole country and the Vietnamese people. I hope my victory will encourage young Vietnamese to love this sport,” said Vinh.
Vinh contemplated his last bullet longer than usual, earning an additional 10.7 points to surpass Wu’s result and gain the medal.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc sent a letter to congratulate the Việt Nam delegation after hearing the news../.