Vietnam Wins Its 1st-Ever Olympic Gold Medal

Thanks to air pistol shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2016 4:50 PM CDT
Hoang Xuan Vinh of Vietnam displays his gold medal for men's 10-meter air pistol. It's Vietnam's first-ever gold medal.   (Hassan Ammar)

(Newser) – Vietnam won its first-ever Olympic gold medal on Saturday courtesy of shooter Hoang Xuan Vihn, the AP reports. Hoang rallied to beat hometown favorite Felipe Almeida Wu on the final shot of men's 10-meter air pistol. Wu trailed by as many as 2.3 points, but moved 0.2 ahead of Hoang with a 10.2 on his penultimate shot. The Brazilian hit 10.1 on his final shot, setting off a raucous chant of "Wu!" from the crowd, but Hoang shot 10.7 to earn gold. Hoang raised his arms in triumph following the final shot and the Brazilian fans sent Wu off with another chant. Vietnam had previously won two medals, both silver, in previous Olympic games. (Read more Rio Olympics stories.)

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