China's Li Du breaks 12-year-old mark

Updated: August 14, 2004, 9:02 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- A Chinese shooter and two Russians set Olympic records during the air rifle and air pistol events Saturday.

China's Li Du scored 502 points to win the gold medal in the women's 10-meter air rifle, and silver medalist Lioubov Galkina's 399 in qualifying was also an Olympic record.

Later, Mikhail Nestruev scored 591 in qualification for the 10-meter air pistol to break another mark.

The previous women's qualifying record of 397 was set by Petra Horneber of Germany in Atlanta in 1996, then equaled by Kang Cho-hyun of South Korea at Sydney four years ago. The overall women's record had been Yeo Kab-soon's 498.2 in Barcelona in 1992.

The men's qualifying record of 590 had been jointly set by Yifu Wang of China and Franck Dumoulin of France on the same day in Sydney.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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