Vietnam earns bronze at Asian air pistol champs hinh anh 1Marksman Tran Quoc Cuong wins a bronze in the men’s team 10m air pistol and advances to finals of the individual event during the Asian Air gun Championship in Japan (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnamese trio - Tran Quoc Cuong, Hoang Xuan Vinh and Nguyen Dinh Thanh - won a bronze medal at the 10th Asian Air Gun Championship in Japan on December 9.

The team came third in the men’s 10m air pistol event, shooting 1,728 points.

India came first, with 1,735 points and China took the silver, winning 1,729 points.

Cuong, who scored 582 points in the individual category, grabbed a berth in the final round. His Olympic winning teammate, Vinh, failed to make it to the top eight athletes, with only 575 points. His poor performance was attributed to a gun that was just fixed and one that Vinh was not familiar with.

In the earlier classes, Nguyen Duy Hoang of Vietnam earned 612.5 points and ranked No. 21 in the men’s 10m air rifle. In the women’s 10m air pistol, Le Thi Linh Chi advanced to the final with 133.8 points.

The championship in Wako City began on December 6 and will close on December 11.-VNA