In the evening’s R4 (mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2), final, there was more South Korean success, as Youngjun Jeon beat his compatriot Juyoung Kang to the gold medal.
Paralympic gold medallist Kang led going into the latter stages, but remarkable shooting from Jeon, which included three 10.7’s to finish, was enough to secure a first world title and set a new finals world record of 210.7.
“It is the first time I have won a gold medal, so this is the best day,” said Jeon
“With the last shot, I felt very anxious and it was difficult for me as I was against somebody else from the Korean team. It was very good competition for me.
This result is a dramatic improvement for Jeon, whose previous best place finish was sixth at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The 48-year-old was quick to dedicate the victory to those closest to him.
He said: “My family is the most important thing to me. 10 days ago, my father passed away, so I have had a very difficult time in the preparation and during this competition. I am going to do my best, and when I get back to Korea I will feel very happy”
“The next competition for me is the Incheon 2014 Para Asian Games, so I am just going to take things step-by-step and do my best.”
Elsewhere, there was an incredible battle for bronze, as France’s Tanguy De La Forest saved himself from elimination with a 10.7, to claim third place by just one-tenth.
The 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships took place in Suhl, Germany, with around 250 athletes from approximately 45 countries competing on their road to Rio 2016.