Hoang Xuan Vinh won a silver medal in the men’s 50m pistol final at the 2015 ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup held in Munich, Germany on Thursday.
The 40-year-old shooter from Hanoi finished in second place with 189.3 points after closing his match with three shots in the seventh ring (7.8, 7.5, 7.9).
Despite the three bad shots, Vinh's result won the applauses of the spectators as he wasn't shooting with a gun he was familiar with after his baggage was delayed while travelling from Vietnam to Germany.
Vinh did not receive his pistol in time for the competition and as an extrema ratio solution, he shot the match with a new, out-of-the-box pistol, without custom grip and adjustments.
Vinh also managed to keep behind himself the title defender, the winner of the 2014 ISSF World Cup Final Wang Zhiwei of China, who placed in third with 173.6 points.
World's No.5 Zhang Bowen of China finished atop with 192.6 points to win the gold medal.
The 2015 ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Final attracts the best 85 rifle and pistol shooters of the world, selected throughout this year's four ISSF World Cup Stages in South Korea, USA, Germany and Gabala.
The event takes place at the 1972 Olympic shooting range of Munich, in combination with the German Shooting Championship, one of the largest shooting competitions of the world, which sees over 8 thousands athletes from all over the country competing in Olympic and non Olympic shooting events in ten days.
Hoang Xuan Vinh shoots with a new gun, after his familiar gun was in his delayed baggage. Photo: ISSF