A new finals world record in the men’s 10m air pistol was set today at the 2019 Asian Shooting Championships. In addition, the three highest ranked eligible athletes qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Asian Shooting Championships is currently being held in Doha, Qatar from November 3rd to November 13th 2019.
2008 Olympic champion Peng Wei was the best performing athlete during the qualification round where he finished with a score of 588, three more than South Korea’s Park Dae-hun and Iran’s Javad Foroughi. As only three eligible athletes reached the finals the Olympic quotas were obtained by Foroughi, North Korea’s Kim Song-guk and Pakistan’s Gulfam Joseph. By qualifying these quotas, both Iran and North Korea are now eligible to compete in the mixed team 10m air pistol. The final saw the lead change a few times before Kim took a hold on the lead where an impressive run of shots allowed him to set a new world record score of 246.5. The silver medalist was former record holder Chaudhary Saurabh of India while Foroughi won the bronze medal.
All selected athletes must achieve the MQS in an eligible event order to compete at the Olympics. This concludes the events which offer Olympic quotas at the Asian Championships. Overall, the 38 quotas were awarded to 15 nations where India collected the most with six new quotas. Japan and Thailand won five each while Iran finished with four.