Vietnam shooter falls just short of taking home Olympic bronze

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Shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh missed out on an Olympic bronze medal by just a tenth of a point, finishing in fourth place in the men's 50m pistol contest in London on Sunday.

South Korean shooter Jongoh Jin grabbed the gold medal with 662 points, beating his compatriot Young Rae Choi who brought home the silver medal after scoring 661.5 points.

Vinh, who was not expected to win a medal at this event, competed against seven other shooters in the final round and was among the top three after the first eight rounds of shooting, but Vinh scored only 7.3 in the ninth round.

Vinh redeemed himself with 10.2 points in the final round, but his total score of 658.5 was just 0.1 less than China's Zhiwei Wang.

Although he did not become Vietnam's first medalist of the 2012 London Olympics, he became the first Vietnamese to ever compete at the Olympic level in the event and his fourth-place finish marks the highest ever for Vietnam in an international competition, reported Viet Nam News (VNS).

Vinh's performance on Sunday was also the best of his career.

Coach Nguyen Thi Nhung said, "This is a great day for Xuan Vinh. Unfortunately, he lost the chance of winning the first medal for Vietnam at the London Olympics when the chance was within reach."

However, Vietnam still has a few remaining opportunities to take home an Olympic medal from the 2012 London Games.

VNS reported that taekwondo athletes Le Huynh Chau and Chu Hoang Dieu Linh will compete on Wednesday, along with female wrestler Nguyen Thi Lua. Nguyen Thi Viet Anh will compete in the high-jump event on Thursday, while Nguyen Thi Thanh will be in the race-walking competition on Saturday, August 11.

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