A fierce fight for two available Olympics tickets finally stimulated Chinese Xiong Yaxuan to break shooting world record in 25 metre pistol and in the process nailed Olympics qualification to this year’s Tokyo Games.
Xiong who has already built up the lead from previous outing only needed to dig deep to score 38 and ended at 44 hits, four better than Hungarian Veronika Major’s previous record set at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi two years ago.
“Of course, I’m very excited. Everyone standing here wants to represent our country at the Olympics and has been giving their all for it,” the 24-year-old Xiong, who will compete in her first Olympics, was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
“All my team mates are capable of producing good results, but they’re somewhat too nervous today. I’m comparatively under less pressure, so I just tried to give my best.”
Xiao Jiaruixuan also qualified for the Games by finishing ahead of Zhang Jingjing.