France's Jean Quiquampoix on the mark to win men's 25m rapid fire pistol gold

Jean Quiquampoix of Team France competes in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men's Finals on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Asaka Shooting Range on August 02, 2021 in Asaka, Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jean Quiquampoix of Team France competes in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men's Finals on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Asaka Shooting Range on August 02, 2021 in Asaka, Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Quiquampoix equals the Olympic record to win Olympic title. Cuba's Leuris Pupo wins silver and People's Republic of China's LI Yuehong bronze. 

Jean Quiquampoix has won the men's 25m rapid fire pistol gold in spectacular fashion, equalling the Olympic record of Leuris Pupo, the gold medallist from London 2012, who finished in the silver medal position.

Quiquampoix, the silver medallist at Rio 2026, shot beautifully to set a final score of 34, with Pupo five points behind on 29. People's Republic of China's LI Yuehong - who won a shoot-off to land in the medal positions - was a further three points back on 26.

Quiquampoix, a former fencer, began shooting in 2008 when he was 12 years old, and started competing in 2009. On his website, he spoke about his dream for this year's Olympic Games: "My main ambition is to win the Games in Tokyo," he said. Now he has fulfilled that dream by taking the Olympic title and equalling the Olympic record in the process.

After the final finished, Quiquampoix spoke about the emotion he felt after doubling his overall Olympic medal tally with gold at Tokyo 2020:

"t was very exciting to get the second medal after the silver I got in 2016," he said.

"At the Olympic Games, and at the final too, there are lot of emotions. It was important to show the technical side and my skills.

"This medal was my aim in life. Until the end we couldn't predict what would happen. I didn't change anything here.

"I did everything as I always have done and it went well. I didn't want to give up so I did my best here."