Vietnam claim first ever gold as Brazil basks in silver glow

Xuan Vinh Hoang seals 10-metre air pistol glory ahead of local favourite

Brazil celebrated their first medal at Rio 2016 as local favourite Felipe Wu claimed silver in the 10-metre air pistol behind Xuan Vinh Hoang of Vietnam who won his country’s first ever gold with an Olympic record in Rio.

In a gripping final, the 41-year-old Vietnamese army member secured an historic first for Vietnam as he racked up a score of 202.5 in 20 shots, just 0.4 of a point ahead of Wu, a 24-year-old competing in his first Olympics.

China's Pang Wei took the bronze while defending Olympic champion Jin Jong-oh of South Korea failed to recover from a poor start and finished fifth.

For Hoang it was the realisation of an Olympic dream in a perfect opening day for Vietnam.

"Making this gold medal is a life memory, never forget this,” he said. “Because (it is the) first time making a gold medal for Vietnam.

"The Brazilian shooter very fast and stronger, but I think only 'try try try'. On the last shot I don't think gold or silver. I think only try."

Wu was just as delighted to give the home crowd something to cheer during an epic battle which captivated the locals.

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"I am just happy,” he said. “There are no words to describe how happy I am. We work very hard, and everything is worth the pain. Pain on my shoulder, pain in my back, but I will forget about all this pain now."

"It is just perfect. I hope that the sport of shooting becomes more popular in Brazil. I don’t know how, but I hope people get interested for this sport and start to practise, and I think that is a good thing, to win a medal. I hope it will be good for shooting."