August 22, 2018 10:51
Shooter Jin Jong-oh missed out on an Asiad gold medal, which has eluded him in his highly successful shooting career.
Jin stood at the top of the podium in the 50-m pistol event at three consecutive Olympics from 2008 to 2016, along with two gold medals in individual events at the World Championships. He won three gold medals in team events at four Asian Games from 2002, but never an individual gold medal.
Prior to the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia, he said, "I will be in my mid-40s four years from now, so the upcoming event in Indonesia might be my last Asian Games. I will do my best to win a gold medal."
Jin's main event, the 50-m pistol, was excluded from this year's Asian Games, so he only competed in the 10-m air pistol, finishing fifth in the final with 178.4 points in Palembang on Tuesday.
Jin's sub-par performance was caused partly due to the mismanagement of the event's organizers. Competitors are allowed to have a test-firing session before each event. During the session, Jin wasn't able to check his test scores through his monitor screen due to some problems with the equipment.
"In a case like this, the organizers should check the equipment and normally allow a shooter to have an unlimited number of test shots. But they didn't stop the event and gave him only one test shot,"said a staffer there.
Jin's appeal to the referees was turned down. Mental composure is especially important in shooting, meaning he competed in the final with an unfair psychological burden.
His career as a shooter is not over yet, however. After picking up his third Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro two years ago, he vowed to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
"Someone tells me that now I should make a way for younger shooters but I will do my best. I still hope to get continuous support in order to do what I like best -- shooting -- and keep doing that," he said.
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