Huang claims second title as shoot-off king Sowinski takes silver

Polish beats Paralympic medallists and world champion to put his country for the first time on the Paralympic podium in shooting 02 Sep 2021
Three men standing on a podium with their medals
Szymon Sowinski (left) took silver for Poland while Huan Xing of China (centre) won the P3 - mixed 25m pistol SH1 in Tokyo
ⒸHiroki Nishioka for World Shooting Para Sport
By World Shooting Para Sport

Szymon Sowinski won two shoot-offs to earn himself and Poland a first Paralympic Games shooting medal while an almost flawless start to the final for Huan Xing helped him to his second consecutive title in the the P3 - mixed 25m pistol SH1 final.

The only medal event at the Asaka Shooting Range on Thursday (2 September) was not short of drama. 

Sowinski first beat London 2012 silver medallist Sergey Malyshev from RPC to ensure he would win at least bronze.

He then forced a further tie with Ukraine’s world champion Oleksii Denysiuk - and won that too to earn himself the runners-up position.

The silver was not only Sowinski’s maiden Paralympic medal, but also Poland’s first in shooting.

"It's going to mean quite a lot for the Polish history of para-shooting, because all these people compete with me in Poland, and they will be proud of this medal,” said Sowinski, whose best finish prior to Tokyo was fourth in the P1 - men's 10m air pistol SH1 at the Rio Games in 2016.

Denysiuk was less happy with his work in Japan.

"I'm not satisfied with my performance and the final results, because my final score should be doubled in the final, and also in qualification it should have been 10 points more,” he said.

Huang on the other hand had nothing to complain about. He hit eight of his first 10 shots, giving him an early buffer, and by the final round against Sowinski was guaranteed gold with a six-point lead.

"It's happiness from the depth of my heart. It's recognition and reward for all the work that I've put in these five years,” Huang said.
The shooting Para sport programme continues on Friday (3) with two events, the R8 – women’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 and the R7 – women’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 finals.

Full schedule, results and medallists are available on