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China's Zhang wins gold at shooting World Cup final

2019-11-20 15:13:00 Xinhuanet

FUZHOU, China, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese shooter Zhang Jingjing won gold in the women's 25-meter pistol at the 2019 ISSF World Cup final in Putian, southeast China's Fujian Province on Wednesday, winning her first title since coming back from maternity leave.

Three-time world champion Zhang, who returned to the shooting range in December 2018, hit 37 out of 50 targets to seal China's first gold on home soil, while Kim Min-jung of South Korea took silver with 33 hits. German shooter Monika Karsch finished in third place with 29 hits.

"I felt really happy that I could win gold. I just steadied myself to shoot one after another, regardless of the results," noted the 30-year-old, adding that she was fighting together with her whole family.

Zhang had a relatively low-key start in the first ten shots of the competition and only ranked sixth of eight athletes, before she hit all five shots in the third round to rise up to second place.

The home favorite was then involved in a tight duel with Kim, with the scores tied at 29-29 with ten shots remaining. However, at clutch time, Zhang hit eight targets in last two rounds, while the South Korean shooter only made four hits.

"The shooting range was the exact place where I was selected for the Chinese team at the very beginning of my career," added Zhang, who expressed her joy at competing in her home province. "Everything here was favorable for me."

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Zhang, then a top contender, missed the podium to rank fourth in the competition. However, winning gold at the World Cup final has boosted Zhang's prospects for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"I will be fully concentrated on training, and will try my best in the upcoming Olympics," she said.

Elsewhere in the contest, Zhang's compatriot Lin Yuemei ranked seventh with 16 hits in the final, while world No.1 and Rio Olympic champion Anna Korakaki finished fifth with 22 hits.

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