Will William Shaner responded in a way that suggested he was having trouble accepting the fact that he had won the gold medal.Shaner won the men’s 10 meter air rifle event and the nation’s first-ever gold medal in shooting without any yells, fist pumps, or jumping.
Almost not even a wave.You couldn’t tell if he was grinning because a huge Nike Team USA mask nearly obscured his entire face.He later said, “Still struggling to believe it.””However, it has taken a long time for me to develop in the sport.It’s incredible to have (the gold medal) at last.
Really, he never looked anyplace but directly ahead.And as he hit an Olympic record of 251.6, just 1.2 short of the world record, the competitors were all looking up.On 13 of his 24 shots in the championship, he scored 10.5 or higher.It’s incredible.
For the first time in nearly 50 years, everyone got off to a bad start yesterday, according to him, as Team USA failed to win a medal on the opening day of competition.”Everything’s fantastic to (help) finally get it flowing today.”It’s a true honor.
Haoran Yang (229.5) and Lihao Sheng (250.9) of China finished second and third, respectively.
Lihao Sheng (250.9) of China and Haoran Yang (229.5) came in second and third, respectively.The second-youngest men’s 10-meter air rifle Olympic champion was William Shaner, who started shooting at the age of 8 and won his first international tournament at 14; Zhu Qinan was 19 when he took home the gold during the 2004 Athens Games.
With a final score of 165.0, American challenger Lucas Kozeniesky, who placed second in qualifying, came in sixth.In many ways, Shaner’s performance was a carbon copy of his gold-winning effort at the ISF World Cup in Croatia last month.
The Colorado native stated, “I just did the same thing as I did there and just worked out the problems I had and just knew that it was going to bring me to where I wanted to be.”Nerves were the “issues,” he claimed.
What little anxiety he felt was barely audible.
Whatever anxiety he experienced was barely perceptible.”(Croatia) kind of gave me the assurance that it’s feasible,” the speaker says.And he was using a lot of bulls-eyes in his work.Dan Durben, the national rifle coach for USA Shooting, understood from the start of the round that William Shaner had gold in his destiny since he led the competition from start to finish.He told USA TODAY Sports that he was “very certain, just knowing him, that he’d be able to keep that going the whole way.”
During his tenure as an Olympic coach at the 2000 Sydney Games, Durben coached Nancy Johnson, who won a gold medal in the women’s 10-meter air rifle.21 years later, getting another first was “a long time” coming.
Durben remarked, “Now that’s exciting.””Our men’s rifle team hasn’t been this competitive in a while, so it’s been really amazing to see how both he and Lucas, as well as our women, have really come up strong over the last year.”
During the previous two NCAA tournaments, Mary Tucker, Shaner’s Kentucky colleague, won the title.
Mary Tucker, a teammate of Shaner’s at Kentucky who has won the last two NCAA championships and came in second behind her in the contests, is one of the women who are igniting Durben’s enthusiasm.On her final Saturday, Tucker tripped and placed sixth; as a result, Shaner now holds the gold.
Kozeniesky, Shaner’s other training partner, reported on Sunday’s final round hall seeing the Shaner who prevailed in Croatia.”He was like, ‘Yeah, he’s at least going to win, or he’s going to fight really hard to keep his seat,” Kozeniesky said after being eliminated.
That is how William Shaner always conducts himself; it is “an intrinsic part of who he is,” Kozeniesky said. “And that’s what he did.”He declared, “He’s just a competitor.”He’s merely someone who enjoys competing.He is aware of when to activate it.
In that circumstance, Shaner, a gold-medal winning college student, has been on for the previous month.
In that situation, Shaner, a college student with a gold medal, has been on for the past month. For a long time, William Shaner stated. We’ve been wanting to get a medal in this event…so it was good to bring it home today.”
In the 10m Air Rifle Men event, William Shaner defeated People’s Republic of China’s SHENG Lihao (250.9) to win gold and establish a new Olympic record.The 20-year-old American finished with a score of 251.6 after controlling the match for the majority of the time. It nerves of steel. He won the event’s second-youngest gold medal.
YANG Haoran of the People’s Republic of China won the qualifying round.
The People’s Republic of China’s YANG Haoran. Who placed first in the qualification round, accepted bronze after being defeated by teammate Sheng.
China has now won two medals in the men’s 10m air rifle competition at two different Olympic Games; the first time was in Athens in 2004. Sheng, who is only 16 years and 233 days old, is not only the youngest medalist in Olympic Shooting history; this was also his first senior medal.
Hungary’s world number one István Péni. Who place seventh to go to the final, was defeate by Turkey’s Omer Akgun. Who ended fifth in the competition.The third-ranked American, Lucas Kozeniesky, who finished 21st in Rio 2016, took sixth place.
Shaner simply could not accept his victory.
Following the incident, Shaner commented, “Still struggling to believe it.””However, it has taken a long time for me to develop in the sport.
It’s incredible to have (the gold medal) at last. For the first time in nearly 50 years. Everyone got off to a sluggish start yesterday, according to him. As the US team failed to win a medal on the opening day of competition.
“Everything’s fantastic to (help) finally get it flowing today.”The Colorado native continued. I simply did the same thing as I did there and just worked out the problems. I and just knew that it was going to bring me to where I want to be.”
India’s top shooters Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar. Who placed 26th and 32nd, respectively, in the men’s 10m air rifle qualification, failed to advance to the medal round.