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This Vietnamese Marksman Just Made Olympic History

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Xuan Vinh Hoang won Vietnam's first-ever Olympic gold medal in any sport on the first day of Rio 2016.
Xuan Vinh Hoang won Vietnam's first-ever Olympic gold medal in any sport on the first day of Rio 2016.

Xuan Vinh Hoang has written himself into the history books by winning Vietnam’s first-ever Olympic gold medal.

The 41-year-old shooter fended off strong competition from host nation Brazil’s Felipe Wu, 24, to win the men’s 10-meter air pistol event at Rio 2016.

“Making this gold medal is a life memory, never forget this,” the military officer said at a press conference following his victory. “Because [it is the] first time making a gold medal for Vietnam.”

The Vietnamese marksman fended off tough competition from Brazil's Felipe Wu to take the title.
The Vietnamese marksman fended off tough competition from Brazil's Felipe Wu to take the title.

The Brazilian shooter [was] very fast and stronger, but I think only, ‘Try, try, try,'” he added. “On the last shot I don’t think gold or silver. I think only, 'Try.'”

Wu, who was competing in his first Olympic Games, lost out on the top podium spot by just four-tenths of a point. But despite not taking the title, he still said he was thrilled with his performance.

“I am just happy,” he told reporters. “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.”

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