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German wins gold in 25-meter rapid-fire pistol

8/21/2004

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.