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Shooting at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol

The men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics was held on August 21 at the Markópoulo Olympic Shooting Centre near Athens, Greece. This was the last Olympic competition before the major rule changes that took place on January 1, 2005, and which lowered the results of the event.

Men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueMarkópoulo Olympic Shooting Centre
DateAugust 21, 2004
Competitors17 from 14 nations
Winning score694.9
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ralf Schumann  Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sergei Polyakov  Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Sergei Alifirenko  Russia
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The event consisted of two rounds: a qualifier and a final. In the qualifier, each shooter fired 60 shots with a pistol at 25 metres distance. Scores for each shot were in increments of 1, with a maximum score of 10. Targets were presented in series of 5. Each shooter was presented with 12 series, and had a sharply limited time to complete each. Four of the series had to be completed in 8 seconds apiece, four more within 6 seconds, and four within 4 seconds.

The top 6 shooters in the qualifying round moved on to the final round. There, they fired an additional 40 shots. They were presented in eight series of 5 shots each, with each series being limited to 4 seconds to make all five shots.

Germany's world number one shooter Ralf Schumann produced the highest final round ever with 102.9 to easily get the best aggregate score of 694.9 and his third Olympic gold medal in rapid fire pistol shooting, becoming the first in the event's history to do so.[1][2] Russia's Sergei Polyakov took the silver with 692.7, while he enjoyed his countryman and defending Olympic champion Sergei Alifirenko (692.3) rounding out the podium with a bronze in a remarkable 2–3 finish. Earlier in the prelims, the top three were all tied for the first seed at 592 points.[3]

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

Qualification records
World record   Ralf Schumann (GER) 597 Munich, Germany 14 June 1995
Olympic record   Ralf Schumann (GER) 596 Atlanta, United States 25 July 1996
Final records
World record   Ralf Schumann (GER) 699.7 (596+103.7) Barcelona, Spain 8 June 1994
Olympic record   Ralf Schumann (GER) 698.0 (596+102.0) Atlanta, United States 25 July 1996

Qualification roundEdit

Rank Athlete Country 8 6 4 ST1 8 6 4 ST2 Total Notes
1 Sergei Alifirenko   Russia 98 99 97 294 100 99 99 298 592 Q
2 Sergei Polyakov   Russia 99 99 98 296 100 99 97 296 592 Q
3 Ralf Schumann   Germany 99 99 99 297 99 99 97 295 592 Q
4 Iulian Raicea   Romania 99 96 99 294 100 99 95 294 588 Q
5 Oleg Tkachov   Ukraine 99 99 99 297 99 99 92 290 587 Q
6 Chen Yongqiang   China 100 95 94 289 100 100 97 297 586 Q
7 Zhang Penghui   China 98 97 96 291 96 100 98 294 585
8 Leuris Pupo   Cuba 98 98 93 289 100 98 98 296 585
9 Emil Milev   Bulgaria 96 98 94 288 100 98 96 294 582
10 Marco Spangenberg   Germany 99 98 95 292 97 99 93 289 581
11 Kang Hyung-chul   South Korea 96 98 93 287 98 99 96 293 580
12 Niki Marty   Switzerland 98 97 94 289 98 99 91 288 577
12 Lajos Pálinkás   Hungary 100 96 91 287 96 98 96 290 577
14 Afanasijs Kuzmins   Latvia 94 90 98 282 100 96 96 292 574
15 Shuji Tazawa   Japan 95 96 96 287 99 93 94 286 573
16 Kim Hyon-ung   North Korea 97 97 88 282 98 98 94 290 572
17 Bruce Quick   Australia 97 97 89 283 98 99 91 288 571

ST1 Stage 1 – ST2 Stage 2

FinalEdit

Rank Athlete Qual 1 2 Final Total
    Ralf Schumann (GER) 592 51.4 51.5 102.9 694.9
    Sergei Polyakov (RUS) 592 51.7 49.0 100.7 692.7
    Sergei Alifirenko (RUS) 592 49.9 50.4 100.3 692.3
4   Oleg Tkachov (UKR) 587 50.6 51.1 101.7 688.7
5   Iulian Raicea (ROU) 588 49.4 50.2 99.6 687.6
6   Chen Yongqiang (CHN) 586 46.9 50.9 97.8 683.8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pistol gold for Schumann". BBC Sport. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Schumann takes pistol gold". USA Today. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Schumann snares shooting gold for Germany". ABC News Australia. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 19 August 2015.

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