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The Woolwich Barracks continued to be a happy hunting ground for India at the London Olympics as little known shooter Vijay Kumar showed some exceptional skill to win Silver in the thrilling 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event.
Having to fire 5 shots in the space of just 4 seconds, the Rapid Fire Pistol event is not just the most thrilling of all shooting events, but also requires the maximum level of skill, given that the Shooters are under genuine time pressure and have little time to think between shots.
India's Vijay Kumar produced a creditable 585 in the qualifying round to advance to the finals in 4th place. The top 6 shooters made their way into the finals with Russia's Alexei Klimov breaking the world record in the qualifiers by shooting a 592.
However, the Russian was unable to replicate his form in the final, despite having opened with a 5. India's Vijay Kumar also opened with a 5, but lost the lead to Cuba's Leuris Pupo, who fired three consecutive perfect rounds from 2 to 4.
Pupo followed up his early effort with 4 consecutive fours to ensure that he would capture a surprise Gold medal, while Kumar held off the challenge of China's Feng Ding who took the Bronze.
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