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Shooters take World Cup silver but no Olympic slot

Vietnamese shooters won a silver medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup but failed to secure an Olympic slot.

Vietnamese athletes compete at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in India. They win silver in the men's 10m air pistal team. Photo

The Vietnamese trio placed second in the men’s team 10m air pistol after losing 17-11 to the hosts India in the final in New Delhi on Sunday.

It was the first international medal for Vietnam in 2021 but not enough for them to win qualification for the Tokyo Games this summer.

Earlier, in the individual competition, the nation's top hope Tran Quoc Cuong could not qualify for the final round.

Competing under heavy pressure the 47-year-old struggled to shoot his best, earning only 569 points and ranking 16 among 26 participants.

His failure to place among the top eight in the final meant Cuong could not improve his world ranking from No 17 to No 16 to qualify for the Olympics.

It also meant that Vietnam will not defend the Olympic title Hoang Xuan Vinh grabbed in Brazil five years ago.

Vinh withdrew from the tournament as the world No 25 has struggled in recent years.

“No representative at the Olympics is sad news for us but Cuong tried his best,” said Nguyen Thi Nhung, national team head coach.

“We had a year of training locally and no international tournament. It strongly affects athletes’ mentality and status during their competition, causing poor results.

“Cuong shot worse than he could usually because of high pressure. Not only Vietnamese but also world athletes, the closer they get to their target, the heavier pressure they suffer, especially in decisive tournaments or matches,” she said.

Cuong said he regretted that the COVID-19 pandemic caused the World Cup to be delayed until this month and felt he would have performed better if it had been held last May as planned due to his careful preparation at a training camp in South Korea. 

Try again

Nhung, who is also vice president of the Vietnam Shooting Federation (VFS), said as her best athletes of Vinh and Cuong failed to bring home victories, it is time to focus on young talents at the 31st SEA Games on home turf later this year.

Vinh has decided to retire while Cuong is unsure if he will enter the tournament, putting their young teammates in charge of winning at least six gold medals in the total 22 events to be held in Hanoi.

Shooting has, for a long time, a gold mine for Vietnam in the SEA Games with the most successful tournament the 25th edition in 2009 in Laos with 11 titles.

However, in the two last events, they took poor results with one gold in 2017 and zero in 2019 when veteran marksmen like Vinh and Cuong were not at their peak.

At the coming Games, the federation has high hopes for rising stars such as Le Thi Mong Tuyen, Nguyen Thi Thao, Nguyen Thu Trang, Bui Thuy Thu Thuy, and Iwaki Ai.

“The young athletes could make a big jump in career. What they need is to take part in as many tournaments as possible to improve their skills,” said Nhung.

According to coach Pham Cao Son, these athletes have potential and if they receive support can go much further than their senior teammates.

“In this situation of COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to send athletes to training courses and competitions abroad. Then, domestic events are key. It is the most helpful way to keep shooters in the ‘ready’ mode ahead of the SEA Games,” Son said.

“For many years, Vietnam and Thailand would share half of the total golds available in shooting. It means that if we could earn six golds in 22 this year, we would take the top position in the overall ranking,” said Nhung.

“I believe that our athletes, who are growing up strongly, can make up an impressive result. They are also our keys at the Asian Games and Olympics.”

Apart from improving technique, athletes will be also trained to have iron minds, which is a decisive element in shooting.

“Mentality is the most important thing. But it can be only trained through tournaments. The more events you take part in the more stable mind you will get,” said shooter Thuy of Hanoi.

President of the VSF Do Van Binh said the federation is mobilising financial support from enterprises and organisations for more local competitions and to send athletes abroad for training and competitions.


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