German wins gold in 25-meter rapid-fire pistol

Updated: August 21, 2004, 10:08 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Ralf Schumann of Germany shot 102.9 in the final round Saturday to win the gold medal in 25-meter rapid-fire pistol.

Schumann and Russians Sergei Poliakov and Sergei Alifirenko were tied at 592 after the qualifying round, while their closest competitor was four points back.

In the final, where scores are measured in fractions and the highest possible score is 10.9, Schumann shot less than 10 only once in his 10 attempts.

Poliakov shot 100.7 in the final to finish with 692.7 and the silver. Alifirenko shot 100.3 and won the bronze.

In rapid-fire pistol, competitors fire at five targets rapid succession. When the green light goes off, the shooter fires one shot at one target, then pivots to the next target, and continues until all five have been shot.

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