Song Jong-ho, aiming for the golden gunshot, washes away the pain from Tokyo two years ago
Song Jong-ho (33, IBK Industrial Bank), the symbol of Korean men’s rapid-fire pistol, is determined to shake off the pain of the absurd disqualification at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics two years ago and sound the golden gun.
Song Jong-ho, the gold medalist in the 25m rapid fire pistol team event at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, will challenge for the gold medal in shooting at the Hangzhou Asian Games held in September.
Although his skills are outstanding, Song Jong-ho has been particularly unlucky on the international stage.
He won a gold medal at the Asian Games nine years ago, but did not get a chance to add another medal at the last Palembang-Jakarta Games as the team event was not held due to problems with the local shooting range.
Furthermore, an absurd incident occurred at the Tokyo Olympics finals two years ago. He was disqualified after failing to pass the bullet velocity test on the first day of the 25m rapid fire pistol finals.
Song Jong-ho, the Hangzhou Asian Games shooting national team, is training at the media day held at the Changwon International Shooting Range in Gyeongsangnam-do on the afternoon of the 5th. 2023.9.5/News1 ⓒ News1 Reporter Woongsu Shin
Song Jong-ho, who had prepared for nearly five years, including the Olympics being postponed for a year due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), was frustrated with the empty results. He is disqualified if his average bullet speed does not exceed 250 meters per second, but he did not pass that standard.온라인바카라
If you practice a lot and shoot a lot quickly in the hot summer, the gun may deform due to the heat, but Song Jong-ho was not aware of this. It also means that he was negligent in managing his firearms. Recalling that time, he blamed himself, saying, “I was too complacent. The bullet speed of the live bullet reached 220 meters per second, and it became an unbelievable situation.”
In addition, he had a lot of regrets at particularly large competitions, such as being eliminated from the domestic selection competition even though he earned a quota to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
However, through this pain, he became stronger and naturally became mentally stronger. Song Jong-ho said, “I went through all the hardships, but it was a great learning experience. If I can complete the race as I prepared, the results will naturally follow.”
Song Jong-ho, who has matured, is on the rise, winning the gold medal in the rapid-fire pistol at last year’s International Shooting Federation (ISSF) Granada Grand Prix, the team and mixed gold medals at the Baku World Cup, and third place in the individual rapid-fire pistol at this year’s Jakarta World Cup.
Korean shooting, which is in the process of a generational change following the retirement of ‘shooting emperor’ Jin Jong-oh, is aiming for three gold medals at this year’s Hangzhou Games, one of which is Song Jong-ho’s rapid-fire pistol.
Song Jong-ho is expected to compete for the gold medal with China’s Li Yuehong, the current world record holder.
Song Jong-ho said, “The (sad) times so far have already passed,” and expressed his determination, “I will not miss the opportunity this time.”
Meanwhile, the 25m rapid fire pistol event requires all five shots to be fired within the time limit in the finals. A total of 30 shots are fired twice, divided into two 8-second shots, two 6-second shots, and two 4-second shots, divided into the first half and the second half. In the finals, the top six players will be selected and will shoot eight 4-second shots to determine the medal color.