Sanderson Captures Rapid Fire Pistol Gold In Beijing

Keith Sanderson Captures Rapid Fire Pistol Event Gold In Beijing

International Shooting Sport Federation
International Shooting Sport Federation

BEIJING, China – -( Keith Sanderson of San Antonio, Texas, a 2008 Olympian, claimed the gold medal in the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at the 2009 ISSF Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Beijing today. Sanderson won the gold on the same range where he finished in fifth place at the 2008 Olympic Games in the same event.

Sanderson entered the final round in first place after shooting a match score of 584 points and maintained his lead through the final to finish on top of the podium after firing 196.5 points in the final, finishing with an overall score of 780.5 points.

“I had memories of the Olympic Games going through my mind,” Sanderson said following his match. “I have been replaying the Olympic final and these targets so many times after the Games that I still remember them. I had so many things going through my head today, but I am happy I was able to win the gold medal.”

This is Sanderson’s second medal of the 2009 ISSF World Cup series, having won the silver in Men’s Rapid Fire on April 14 in Changwon, Korea. Sanderson’s only other ISSF World Cup medal to date was at the 2007 Munich World Cup where he claimed the bronze and an Olympic quota spot.

India’s Vijay Kumar climbed up from fourth place to win the silver medal today with 780.4 points. Teruyoshi Akimata of Japan earned the bronze medal climbing from sixth to third place with an overall score of 777.5 points.

The Men’s 50m 3 Position Rifle qualification and final will close out the 2009 Rifle/Pistol World Cup in Beijing on Thursday, April 23.

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