Germany’s Christian Reitz led the way from start to finish to win gold in the men’s 25m rapid-fire pistol final. His final score of 34 ties an Olympic record in the event.
Reitz, 29, earned his second career medal as he won bronze in the 2008 Beijing Games. This is Germany’s third gold medal in shooting events in Rio, as Henri Junghaenel won yesterday’s 50m rifle prone event, and Barbara Engleder won the women’s 50m rifle 3 position event. Monika Karsch won silver in the women's 25m pistol competition for Germany as well.
The silver medalist, 20-year-old No. 3 ranked shooter Jean Quiquampoix, delivered all the excitement in the final. France’s Olympic debutant shot a five out of five to avoid fifth place elimination, and then shot another perfect five to reach the medal round.
With three shooters remaining, China’s Li Yuehong and Quiquampoix were tied. In the shoot off, they both shot five out of five in the first round.
The next round, Yuehong only hit three out of five, but Quiquampoix did not capitalize and tied that score. The 26-year-old Chinese shooter fired another three out of five, and Quiquampoix finally moved on, shooting a perfect five.
At that point, Reitz lead was such that all he needed was a four to claim the gold medal. He fired a perfect score, and Quiquampoix shot a three out of five in consolation.
Li Yuehong’s bronze medal is China’s seventh shooting medal of the Rio Olympics, the most of any nation.
The final standings are as follows:
1. Christian Reitz (Germany)
2. Jean Quiquampoix (France)
3. Li Yuehong (China)
4. Zhang Fusheng (China)
5. Leuris Pupo (Cuba)
6. Riccardo Mazzetti (Italy)