Hoang Xuan Vinh on Tuesday became the first Vietnamese athlete to win two medals at the Olympic Games after he came second in the men's 50-meter pistol shooting event.
The 41-year-old army colonel made history last weekend when he secured Vietnam's first ever Olympic gold medal in the men's 10-meter air pistol event.
But on Tuesday's event, he almost missed the final round.
In the qualifying round, Vinh scored low in his first shooting series and even ranked outside the Top 20. At the final series, he made a comeback with two final shots scoring 10 which brought his total score up to 556 points.
He ranked 6th out of 41 and passed through to the final round.
Vinh started with a steadier hand in the final round, remaining the lead in his first shooting series. However, he only scored 8.5 and 8.2 points in the two final shots, 2.4 points lower than the main rival, South Korean Jin Jong-oh.
In total, Vinh scored 191.3 points in 20 shots while Jin earned 193.7 points to win gold. Kim Song Guk of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea finished third with 172.8 points.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese fencers Do Thi Anh and Vu Thanh An were eliminated despite their good start the same day.
An beat Ochiuzzi, who won two medals at the 2012 Olympics and a gold at the 2015 World Fencing Championships, 15-12 in the men’s individual sabre event but later lost 8-15 to French fencer Vincent Anstett.
Anh, who is world No.144, was defeated 9-15 by 2012 Olympic silver medalist Arianna Errigo of Italy in the women’s foil event.
Previously, other Vietnamese fencers Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa and Nguyen Thi Le Dung lost in their first match at the women’s epee and the women’s sabre events.