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Chinese shooters shine at Universiade
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10:50, August 12, 2007

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The Chinese team dominated the shooting range by wrapping up six golds out of 12 on offer in Bangkok on Saturday at the 24th Universiade.

Asian Champion Gan Lin opened China's golden haul by winning the men's 10m running target individual title with a score of 582 points, just one point ahead of Kukasz Czapla of Poland. The team title went to Russia with a total of 1,721 points.

Chen Weiwei, an international debutant from Shanghai, grabbed the other individual gold medal for China in the women's skeet event with a total of 94 hits.

"I am extremely happy that I win," said the 22-year-old Chen. " And I am very satisfied with my score. I've shown almost the best. "

The other four golds all came from team events which were the women's 10m air rifle, trap, skeet and the men's 50m rifle three positions.

"It was really a surprise that we got the title in the men's rifle," said Zhang Chi from Qsinghua University, coach of the Chinese team. "The guys had been preparing to go back to the village after the qualification round as they thought there was no hope of medals and the final."

The individual gold of the event went to Yuriy Yurkov from Kazakhstan by a total score of 1,251.4 points.

Medical-majored Manuela Felix of Germany stopped China from taking another gold medal by outdoing Liao Sha in the shoot-off of women's 10m air rifle final by 10.3 to 9.9, both of whom finished with a total of 499.8 points.

"The final was not good," said Felix. "I was a little bit nervous I suppose."

Slovakia's Zuzana Stefecekova produced the only world-class mark of the day. The 23-year-old veteran, the World Cup Final gold medalist in 2004, collected 72 hits in the qualification round of women's trap and shot 23 targets out of 25 in the rainy and windy final.

In the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event, Marcel Goelden of Germany grabbed the individual gold with a total of 776.0 points while Russia took the team title with 1,716 points.

The four-day shooting competition, first introduced into the Universiade program, offers 40 gold medals in 20 events and is considered as a practice run for the Olympic Games in Beijing next year.

Source: Xinhua

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