Shooting: Germany makes it a hat-trick with shooting gold

Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:00pm EDT
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By Mary Milliken

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Germany clinched its third Olympic shooting title in as many days on Saturday as police officer Christian Reitz won the gold medal in the 25 meter rapid fire pistol event.

Upon winning his first gold in three Olympics, the 29-year-old Reitz walked across the range to hug fellow officer and training partner Jean Quiquampoix of France, who won the silver after a thrilling shoot-off with bronze medalist Li Yuehong of China.

In the eight rounds of five shots in quick succession, the world-record holding Reitz proved to be a reliably steady shot, never missing more than one target in each round. His win reinforces Germany's dominance in rapid-fire shooting, with five golds and nine medals, more than any other country.

The 20-year-old Quiquampoix was more of a surprise, coming up through the six finalists after a wobbly start and scoring several perfect rounds of five.

Before stepping up to the podium to receive his gold medal, Reitz, bronze medal in Beijing, went around the front to congratulate the silver and bronze medalists.

"In Beijing 2008, I went in thinking I had no chance because it was a sixth place," he said.

"This year ... I had a great feeling going in, so it was a little bit easier maybe on the mind," he added.

With their success, the German winners have proven to be a big draw at home on television. Germany's Henri Junghaenel won gold in 50 meter rifle prone on Friday and Barbara Engleder took gold in the women's 50 meter rifle three positions on Thursday.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Shooting - Victory Ceremony - Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Victory Ceremony - Olympic Shooting Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Christian Reitz (GER) of Germany poses with his gold medal.  REUTERS/Edgard Garrido