Javad Foroughi strikes gold in the men's 10m air pistol final

The shooter from Islamic Republic of Iran set a new Olympic record of 244.8 points en route to gold. Damir Mikec of Serbia won silver and PANG Wei of People's Republic of China won bronze.

Iran (IMNA) - The Islamic Republic of Iran's Javad Foroughi has triumphed in the men's 10m air pistol final, setting a new Olympic record of 244.8 points to take gold at the Asaka Shooting Range. The 41-year-old shooter held his nerve to win a thrilling final, with Serbia's Damir Mikec finishing second on 237.9 points and People's Republic of China's PANG Wei winning bronze with 217.6 points.

Foroughi has been in fine form this year, winning gold at the ISSF World Cup that took place in Croatia in June to add to the gold he won at the World Cup in March in Delhi, India. Now he can add Olympic champion to his list of titles after a dominant display of shooting in Tokyo.

The final saw Foroughi line up against some formidable opposition including PANG, who won gold in Beijing before adding bronze to his trophy cabinet five years ago at Rio 2016. However, the Iranian athlete, who became his country's oldest ever Olympic medallist, showed nerves of steel to take gold by 6.9 points.

Foroughi surged to the front in the early stages of the competition and never relinquished his lead, hitting the 10 ring consistently on his way to victory. With two shots left, he led by 4.2 points before stretching his lead to just shy of seven to set the Olympic record.

Javad Foroughi strikes gold in the men's 10m air pistol final


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