China notch up first gold at Shooting World Championships

China notch up first gold at Shooting World Championships
By Sportsbeat

03/09/2018 at 04:07Updated

China clinched their first gold medal at this year's Shooting World Championshipsas Zhao Ruozhu and Yang Haoran won the 10m air rifle mixed team.

In a thrilling contest in Changwon, Korea, the duo edged out compatriots Wu Mingyang and Song Buhan to take top spot on the podium.

Both teams put in almost identical performances throughout the two stages of competition but it was Zhao and Yang who just beat Wu and Song, scoring 500.9 to 500.6. The duo were thoroughly deserving winners having qualified top with a superb score of 840.5.

Russia's Anastasiia Galashina and Vladimir Maslennikov finished off the podium places with a score of 434.2, comfortably clear of Romanian pairing Laura-Georgeta Coman and Alin Moldoveanu.

In the 10m air pistol mixed team event, Russia's Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov blitzed the rest of the field, scoring 488.1 points to take the top prize.

China's Wang Qian and Wang Meng Yi were second with 480.2 points and Olena Kostevych and Oleh Omelchuk, of Ukraine, took bronze.

Elsewhere, Czech Republic and Italy lead the shotgun trap men's event after the first day of competition.

The Czech team, made up of Jiri Liptak, David Kostelecky and Michal Hojny, shot 216 points with Italy's Giovanni Pellielo, Mauro de Filippis and Valerio Grazini doing the same. Those results leave China second in the medal standings with one gold, two silvers and a bronze.

India still lead the way with two golds and bronze – Russia are third with one gold and a bronze.

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