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(4th LD) (Asiad) S. Korea takes two silver in pistol shooting on first day

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2014-09-20
(4th LD) (Asiad) S Korea-shooting medals
(4th LD) (Asiad) S. Korea takes two silver in pistol shooting on first day
(ATTN: ADDS men's result in para 7; TRIMS)
By Yoo Jee-ho and Oh Seok-min
INCHEON, Sept. 20 (Yonhap) -- Host South Korea picked up two silver medals in pistol shooting on Saturday at the ongoing Asian Games.
Jung Jee-hae grabbed silver in the women's 10m air pistol event at Ongnyeon International Shooting Range for the day's first shooting medal for South Korea. Jung shot 201.3 points to finish 0.9 point behind Zhang Mengyuan of China.
Moments later, the South Korean men's team grabbed silver in the 50-meter pistol team competition at the same venue. The team of Jin Jong-oh, Lee Dae-myung and Choi Young-rae combined for 1,670 points to claim second place behind China, which scored 1,692 points for gold. Vietnam clinched bronze with 1,670 points.
South Korea had won the gold in both events at the previous Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, in 2010.
For the team component, the total scores of three shooters for each country in the individual qualification round determined the medal winners.
South Korea and Vietnam both shot 1,670 points but the host had six more inner 10s with 31.
In the individual event held later in the day, Jin came up well short of the podium, finishing a disappointing seventh. The three-time Olympic champion is still in search of his first individual Asiad gold. He will try to end his personal drought in the 10m air pistol on Sunday.
In the women's individual final, Jung, the 2014 world champ in the same discipline, made a late surge to the podium after falling well behind the pack. Shweta Chaudhry of India got the bronze.


Another South Korean, Kim Jang-mi, finished well out of medal contention. She was the top qualifier among eight shooters after scoring 384 points in the qualification stage, but was eliminated after managing just 96.1 points in her first 10 shots in the final.
In the new competition format, the worst shooter after the first eight shots is knocked out of the final, and then more shooters are eliminated after two shots.
After 18 shots, only two shooters are left standing. They then engage in a final shootout of two shots to determine the color of their medals.
Jung, who ranked as low as seventh out of eight early on, steadily moved up the ladder to put herself in the final showdown against Zhang.
With two shots left, Jung trailed Zhang by 1.8 points. On the 19th shot, Jung shot a 10.6 to Zhang's 10.3. Zhang pulled the trigger first on her 20th shot and hit only a 9.4, drawing gasps from the audience.
Jung scored a solid 10.3 but it wasn't nearly enough to narrow the gap.
Jung has been less heralded than Kim, the 2012 Olympic champ in 25m pistol, and she said Saturday she used the relative lack of attention paid to her as fuel.
"I wasn't getting much love from the press, and I was determined to do my absolute best here," Jung said. "After the world championships, I felt a bit of pressure to perform here but I decided I should try to enjoy it."
Jung actually retired from shooting in 2012 with nagging injuries, but came back after about a year. She said Saturday she was glad she decided to pick up her pistol again.
"Back then, I was frustrated and was really tough on myself," she said. "In retrospect, though, I think I was able to heal myself during that down time."
During her leisure time, Jung said she held down odd jobs and watched a lot of films, just to get her mind away from shooting. Choking back on tears, the 25-year-old said she made "a difficult decision" to come back.
"I've trained really hard for this, and I had confidence," she said. "I was told I should take pride in representing our country because we're a shooting power. It all worked out well in the end. I am just happy and overwhelmed."
In the day's first event, Jung, Kim and their teammate, Oh Min-kyung, came up fourth in the team competition. They were tied in points with Mongolia but shot fewer inner 10s to miss out on the podium.
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