Hoang Xuan Vinh and Kieu Thanh Tu a re expected to perform well at the ISSF World Cup Finals, which start on November 6 in Munich, Germany.

They are the two Vietnamese directly invited by the International Sport Shooting Federation (ISSF) to participate in the competition, which gathers the world's leading marksmen.

Vinh and Tu are the most successful athletes this season. The former placed fourth at the London Olympics' men's 10m air pistol event. He then pocketed a gold medal at the Asian championships four months later.

The Hanoian shooter kicked off 2013 with a historic achievement. He was the first Vietnamese to taste victory at a World Cup in the Republic of Korea. This made him the first athlete from the country to receive an official invitation to Munich.

After a short period of training in the Republic of Korea, Vinh, 39, set a new national record in this category with 202.5 points at the National Shooting Championships on October 28.

Tu, who is not as well-known as his teammate, placed fifth at the World Cup Series in Munich in May. That was enough for the ISSF to give him an offer to compete in the 25m rapid pistol event.

The tournament will last until November 12. Last year Vietnam had only one representative, Ha Minh Thanh.

The World Cup Finals are organised every year as a conclusion of the ISSF World Cup Series, with two separate events for rifle/pistol and shotgun.

At the end of the World Cup Series, the top eight athletes in each event with the highest qualification values will qualify for the Finals.

Wild cards are granted to the title defenders and, in the years of the Olympic Games and of the World Championships, to the three medallists in each event.-VNA