USA's William Shaner wins 10m Air Rifle Men with new Olympic Record

William Shaner of Team United States during the 10m Air Rifle Men's event event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
William Shaner of Team United States during the 10m Air Rifle Men's event event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

William Shaner of the United States has won gold in the 10m Air Rifle Men at Asaka Shooting Range setting a new Olympic Record of 251.6

William Shaner has become the new Olympic champion in the 10m Air Rifle Men beating People's Republic of China's SHENG Lihao (250.9) to set a new Olympic Record.

It was nerves of steal from the 20-year-old American, who finished with a score of 251.6, after leading for majority of the final. He is the second youngest gold medallist in the event.

"We've been trying to get a medal in this event for a long time...so it was nice to bring it back home now," Shaner said.

YANG Haoran (229.4) of People's Republic of China, who finished first in the qualification round, settled for bronze after being eliminated by fellow team mate Sheng.

It is the second time China has won two medals in the men's 10m air rifle at an Olympic Games, the last time this happened was at Athens 2004.

ASAKA, JAPAN - JULY 25: Lihao Sheng of Team China during the finals of the 10m Air Rifle Men's event event on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Asaka Shooting Range on July 25, 2021 in Asaka, Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ASAKA, JAPAN - JULY 25: Lihao Sheng of Team China during the finals of the 10m Air Rifle Men's event event on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Asaka Shooting Range on July 25, 2021 in Asaka, Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Not only is Sheng the youngest medallist in Olympic Shooting history at just 16 years and 233 days, but it proved to be his maiden senior medal.

World no.1 István Péni of Hungary, who finished seventh to qualify for the final, was eliminated by Turkey's Omer Akgun and finished fifth in the final. Meanwhile, world no.3 USA's Lucas Kozeniesky, who finished 21st place in Rio 2016, placed sixth.