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Ukrainian sets Olympic record to win shooting gold

Ukrainian shooter Oleksandr Petriv beat out three-time Olympic gold medallist Ralf Schumann of Germany to win gold in men's 25-metre rapid fire pistol on Day 8 of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Ukrainian shooter Oleksandr Petriv beat out three-time Olympic gold medallist Ralf Schumann of Germany to win gold in men's 25-metre rapid fire pistol on Day 8 of the Beijing Olympic Games.  

Petriv was ranked fourth overall after the qualification round, but managed to shoot his way to a gold medal in the final, setting a new Olympic record for a final score with 200.2 points. His total final score was 780.2.

Winning silver was the three-time Olympic champion Schumann. He edged countryman Christian Reitz by two-tenths of a point, finishing with 779.5 points compared to Reitz's 779.3. Reitz is the world record holder in the event.

American Keith Sanderson shot an Olympic record in the qualification stages, but did not maintain his top performance in the final. He shot a 193.6 and finished fifth overall.

Men's Skeet final

Vincent Hancock of the U.S. out-shot Norway's Tore Brovold in a shoot-off to win gold in men's skeet on Day 8 of the Olympic Games.  

After the final the pair were tied and forced to a shoot-off, won by the 19-year-old Hancock. He was the highest-ranked shooter after the qualification round. Brovold sat in second, followed by France's Anthony Terras.  

Brovold did not miss a target in the final, which allowed him to catch up with Hancock.

The bronze medal was also decided in a shoot-off. After the final Terras and Antonis Nikolaidis of Cyprus were tied on 120 targets, forcing a shoot-off that saw Terras win to take home the bronze.